Curriculum and Instruction

Standard 2, Key Idea 1

Key Idea 1:The study of world history requires an understanding of world cultures and civilizations, including an analysis of important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions. This study also examines the human condition and the connections and interactions of people across time and space and the ways different people view the same event or issue from a variety of perspectives.

Performance Indicators--Students will:


  • read historical narratives, myths, legends, biographies, and autobiographies to learn about how historical figures lived, their motivations, hopes, fears, strengths, and weaknesses
  • explore narrative accounts of important events from world history to learn about different accounts of the past to begin to understand how interpretations and perspectives develop
  • study about different world cultures and civilizations focusing on their accomplishments, contributions, values, beliefs, and traditions


  • know the social and economic characteristics, such as customs, traditions, child-rearing practices, ways of making a living, education and socialization practices, gender roles, foods, and religious and spiritual beliefs that distinguish different cultures and civilizations
  • know some important historic events and developments of past civilizations
  • interpret and analyze documents and artifacts related to significant developments and events in world history


  • define culture and civilization, explaining how they developed and changed over time. Investigate the various components of cultures and civilizations including social customs, norms, values, and traditions; political systems; economic systems; religions and spiritual beliefs; and socialization or educational practices
  • understand the development and connectedness of Western civilization and other civilizations and cultures in many areas of the world and over time
  • analyze historic events from around the world by examining accounts written from different perspectives
  • understand the broad patterns, relationships, and interactions of cultures and civilizations during particular eras and across eras
  • analyze changing and competing interpretations of issues, events, and developments throughout world history
Last Updated: April 24, 2009