Curriculum and Instruction

Standard 2, Key Idea 2

Key Idea 2: Establishing timeframes, exploring different periodizations, examining themes across time and within cultures, and focusing on important turning points in world history help organize the study of world cultures and civilizations.

Performance Indicators--Students will:


  • distinguish between past, present, and future time periods
  • develop timelines that display important events and eras from world history
  • measure and understand the meaning of calendar time in terms of years, decades, centuries, and millennia, using BC and AD as reference points
  • compare important events and accomplishments from different time periods in world history


  • develop timelines by placing important events and developments in world history in their correct chronological order
  • measure time periods by years, decades, centuries, and millennia
  • study about major turning points in world history by investigating the causes and other factors that brought about change and the results of these changes


  • distinguish between the past, present, and future by creating multiple-tier timelines that display important events and developments from world history across time and place
  • evaluate the effectiveness of different models for the periodization of important historic events, identifying the reasons why a particular sequence for these events was chosen
  • analyze evidence critically and demonstrate an understanding of how circumstances of time and place influence perspective
  • explain the importance of analyzing narratives drawn from different times and places to understand historical events
  • investigate key events and developments and major turning points in world history to identify the factors that brought about change and the long-term effects of these changes
Last Updated: April 24, 2009