History (WH)



 HS Social Studies

 World History Domain

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World history is about connections between people. Students need to understand how civilizations and cultures arose, developed, and interacted through conflict and peaceful exchange.

World history content is separated into four eras. The six standards for world history are the same for each era and are applicable to all eras of study. Benchmarks provide guidance on how to apply the standards to each era. The guiding topics column includes key topics fundamental to that era of study. It is the belief of the development committee that the guiding topics, while not required, illustrate multiple ways for students to successfully achieve the standards.

World History Eras

  • SST-06.WH_e1 Era 1: Emergence of Civilizations and Religions Around the Globe
  • SST-HS.WH_e2 Era 2: Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • SST-HS.WH_e3 Era 3: Age of Revolutions
  • SST-HS.WH_e4 Era 4: Age of Global War and Globalization

Anchor Standards

  • SST-HS.WH_a.01 Analyze historical achievements related to science and technology.
  • SST-HS.WH_a.02 Explain historical changes related to religions and ideologies.
  • SST-HS.WH_a.03 Analyze the effects of different political systems on people.
  • SST-HS.WH_a.04 Analyze the influence of social, cultural, and economic developments on individuals.
  • SST-HS.WH_a.05 Analyze causes and effects of global events in the past using primary and/or secondary sources.
  • SST-HS.WH_a.06 Explain how past events connect to the present.

Calculation Method for Domains

Domains are larger groups of related Standards with benchmarks. So the Domain is a calculation of all the related standards that calculate to the benchmarks. So click on the benchmark identifier below each Standards to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each standard.