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Tennessee Education Standards

GRADES K - 5

SOCIAL STUDIES

Third Grade: Europe, South America, Africa

Europe 3.39 Describe the diverse but unified nature of people within a continent or region, identifying the distinct contribution made by their culture including language, clothing, food, art, beliefs, customs, and music. (C, H)

3.40 Use timelines, primary sources, and historical passages to summarize the history of a region, including events, inventions/inventors, artists, writers, and political figures. (C, G, H, P)

South America 3.32 Use timelines, primary sources, and historical passages to summarize the history of a region, including events, inventions/inventors, artists, writers, and political figures. (C, G, H, P)

Africa 3.46 Interpret different texts and primary sources to describe the major components of history and culture including language, clothing, food, art, beliefs, customs, and music. (C, H)

Fourth Grade: Age of Exploration (15th-16th Centuries)
Students trace the routes of early explorers and describe the early explorations of the Americas.

4.4 Trace the routes of early explorers and describe the early explorations of the Americas, including: (C, E, G, H, P, TN)

4.5 Analyze the impact of exploration and settlement on the indigenous peoples and the environment, including military campaigns, Columbian Exchange, and European agricultural practices. (C, G)

4.6 Create a graphic organizer identifying the five different countries (France, Spain, Portugal, England, and the Netherlands) that influenced different regions of the present United States at the time the New World was being explored, and describe how their influence can be traced to place names. (G)

GRADES 6 – 8
SOCIAL STUDIES

The Renaissance and Reformation 7.48  Outline the advances made in literature, the arts, science, mathematics, cartography, engineering, and the understanding of human anatomy and astronomy, including Leonardo da Vinci (Last Supper, Mona Lisa), Michelangelo (Sistine Chapel, The David), Johann Gutenberg, and William Shakespeare. (C, G, H)

7.50  Conduct a research project drawing on several resources to investigate the Tudor dynasties of Henry VIII, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, including their family heritage, line of succession, religious conflicts, Spanish Armanda, and the rise of English power in Europe. (H, G, P)

7.54  List and  explain the significance of the causes for the internal turmoil within and eventual weakening of the Catholic Church including tax policies, selling of indulgences, and England’s break with the Catholic Church. (C, H, P)

7.58  Identify the voyages of discovery, the locations of the routes (Da Gama, Dias, Magellan), and the influence of cartography in the development of a new worldview. (C, G, H) -

Africa A.D./C.E.-1500’s

7.15 Examine the importance of written and oral traditions in the transmission of African history and culture. (C,H)

7.18 Compare the indigenous religious practices observed by early Africans before and after contact with Islam and Christianity. (C, H)

The Age of Exploration

7.71  Identify the European countries responsible for North American exploration and the modern day countries in which they settled, including France, Spain, England, Portugal, and the Dutch. Summarize the reasons for the success of these countries in colonization or North and South America. (E, G, H, P)

7.72  Analyze why European countries were motivated to explore including religion, political rivalry, and economic gain. (C, E, H, P)

7.73  Identify the voyages of discovery, the locations of the routes, and the influence of technology in the developments of a new European worldview including cartography, compass, caravel, astrolabe. (C, E, G, H, P)

7.74  Examine the impact of the exchanges of plants, animals, technology, culture, ideas, and diseases among Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries and the major economic and social effects on each continent.  (C, E, G, H) 

7.75  Write an opinion piece with supporting details that describes the effects of exploration on the indigenous American cultures. (C, H)

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