Standard 2: Recognize significant events, figures, and contributions of medieval civilizations (Byzantine Empire, Western Europe, Japan).

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Number: SS.912.W.2
Title: Recognize significant events, figures, and contributions of medieval civilizations (Byzantine Empire, Western Europe, Japan).
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 912
Strand: World History

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Locate the extent of Byzantine territory at the height of the empire
Describe the impact of Constantine the Great’s establishment of Constantinople and Christianity as a legal religion.
Compare the impact of the old Roman Empire on the continuation of the newly formed Byzantine Empire.
Identify key figures associated with the Byzantine Empire.
Identify the major influences of the Byzantine Empire on the development of Western Civilizations such as Justinian’s Code.
Identify the effects of the Great Christian Schism.
Identify the causes of the decline of the Byzantine Empire.
Describe the rise of the Ottoman Turks, and the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
Explain the impact of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire on Europe.
Identify the social rankings in medieval society and the role feudalism played in Western Civilization.
Identify the achievements under the leadership of significant rulers.
Recognize ways Christian monasteries and convents helped the people through education, charity, and agriculture.
Recognize how Western civilization was influenced by Greco-Roman civilization.
Recognize how cultural unity within Europe was impacted by Judeo-Christian influence.
Recognize difficulties experienced by Western Europe in the 1300s, such as the Great Famine, Black Death, and the Hundred Years War.
Recognize how the modern economy developed, such as from the growth of the early banking system, advancements in agriculture, the rise of the merchant class, and the growth of towns and cities.
Identify the characteristics and development of national identity in England, France, and Spain.
Recognize figures, such as Thomas Aquinas and Roger Bacon, and achievements, such as the advancement of education and law, of the medieval period in Western Europe.
Recognize that developments in medieval English history established legal principles, such as English Common law, the Magna Carta, and habeas corpus.
Identify the influence of medieval legal principles on the development of modern democratic institutions.
Identify physical features of Japan that impacted its development.
Identify major developments in medieval Japan, such as the influence of the religions, feudal system, government, and military.
Compare Japanese feudalism with Western European feudalism during the Middle Ages.
Identify an example of Japan's cultural and economic relationship to China and Korea.

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The Influence of Magna Carta:

In this lesson plan, students will learn about Magna Carta by watching a short video. Then, in groups, they will analyze some original text from Magna Carta, translate it into “modern” English, and make connections to the U.S. Bill of Rights. Students will end the lesson by responding to a writing prompt to show what they have learned.

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