What role does culture play in God’s plan for our relationships with others?
Human beings should create, learn about, share, and adapt to cultural diversity and perspectives in an interconnected
world within God’s plan.
Explain “culture” as it refers to the socially transmitted behaviors, beliefs, values, traditions, institutions, and ways of living together of a group of people. (KM 1.1)
Define concepts such as beliefs, values, institutions, cohesion, diversity, accommodation, adaptation, assimilation, and dissonance. (KM 1.2)
Find evidence(s) of how culture influences the ways in which human groups solve the problems of daily living. (KM 1.3)
Describe how the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a culture form an integrated system that helps shape the activities and ways of life that define a culture. (KM 1.4)
Compare the basic beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church with other religions and philosophies.
Discern how people learn the elements of their culture through interactions with others, and how people learn of other cultures through communication and study. (KM 1.5)
Demonstrate respect for people with different religious beliefs, different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicity.
Prove that culture may change in response to changing needs, concerns, social, political, and geographic conditions. (KM 1.6)
Explain how people from different cultures develop different values and ways of interpreting experience. (KM 1.7)
Analyze how language, behaviors, and beliefs of different cultures can both contribute to and pose barriers to cross-cultural understanding. (KM 1.8)
Identify the influence of Seventh-day Adventist heritage on culture.
What role does God play in the development of communities, nations, and the world?
God is active in history and ultimately His unfolding plan will triumph.
Explain how the study of the past provides a representation of the history of communities, nations, and the world. (KM 2.1)
Define the concepts: chronology, causality, change, conflict, complexity, multiple perspectives, primary and secondary sources, and cause and effect. (KM 2.2)
Cite evidence that learning about the past requires the interpretation of sources and that using varied sources provides the potential for a more balanced interpretive record of the past. (KM 2.3)
Using the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, trace the great controversy throughout history.
Demonstrate that historical interpretations of the same event may differ on the basis of such factors as conflicting evidence from varied sources, national or cultural perspectives, and the point of view of the researcher. (KM 2.4)
Analyze key historical periods and patterns of change within and across cultures. (KM 2.5)
Discuss the aftermath of the Great Disappointment and the gift of prophecy given to Ellen White.
Outline the origins and influences of social, cultural, political, and economic systems. (KM 2.6)
Compare and contrast the influences of social, geographic, economic, and cultural factors on the history of local areas, states, nations, and the world. (KM 2.9)
Identify the accomplishments of Seventh-day Adventists in history.
Outline the efforts and influence of Seventh-day Adventist missionaries.
Elaborate on the contributions of key persons, groups, and events from the past and their influence on the present. (KM 2.7)
Investigate the history of democratic ideals and principles and how they are represented in documents, artifacts, and symbols. (KM 2.8)
Study the prophetic outlines of Daniel and the Revelation.
How does God respond to man-made changes in the environment and their impact on human life?
The damage that sin has done to the earth causes God pain and injures humans; however, God, who created and sustains
the world, has promised to restore the Earth and humans to their original harmony.
Examine how the theme of people, places, and environments involves the study of the relationships between human populations in different locations and geographic phenomena such as climate, vegetation, and natural resources. (KM 3.1)
Scrutinize the effects of sin on the environment.
Describe concepts such as: location, region, place, and migration, as well as human and physical systems. (KM 3.2)
Compare and contrast past and present changes in physical systems such as seasons, climate, weather, and the water cycle in both national and global contexts. (KM 3.3)
Investigate how the concept of regions identifies the links between people in different locations according to specific criteria. (KM 3.5)
Illustrate patterns of demographic and political change and cultural diffusion in the past and present. (KM 3.6)
Summarize factors that contribute to cooperation and conflict among peoples of the nation and the world including language, religion, and political beliefs. (KM 3.8)
Discuss human modifications of the environment. (KM 3.7)
Compare and contrast the effects of sin on the environment.
Analyze the roles of different kinds of population centers in a region or nation.
Utilize a variety of maps, globes, graphic representations, and geospatial technologies to help investigate the relationships among people, places, and environments. (KM 3.9)
Discuss the Christian’s responsibility for the Earth’s environment and its resources.
What role does choice play in the development of individual identity?
God created humans with the power of choice and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we make choices that
shape our development.
Elaborate on how the study of individual development and identity helps us know that individuals change physically, cognitively, and emotionally over time. (KM 4.1)
Achieve a balance in work and leisure which encompasses physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual activities.
Define and describe concepts such as development, change, personality, learning, individual, family, groups, motivation, and perception. (KM 4.2)
Analyze how factors such as physical endowment, interests, capabilities, learning, motivation, personality, perception, and beliefs influence individual development and identity. (KM 4.3)
Recognize the role of useful work in personal development and maintaining self-worth.
Determine how personal, social, cultural, and environmental factors contribute to the development and the growth of personal identity. (KM 4.4)
Embrace and cultivate a personal relationship with Christ.
Discuss how individuals’ choices influence identity and development. (KM 4.5)
Identify the qualities that make individuals unique and equip them for a place in God’s overall plan.
Justify that perceptions are interpretations of information about individuals and events and can be influenced by bias and stereotypes. (KM 4.6)
Develop a respect for others including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
What is the role of the Seventh-day Adventist church?
The church is God’s agent to reach individuals, groups, and institutions with the good news of the gospel.
Explain how this theme helps us know how individuals are members of groups and institutions and influence and shape those groups and institutions. (KM 5.1)
Define concepts such as mores, norms, status, role, socialization, ethnocentrism, cultural diffusion, competition, cooperation, conflict, race, ethnicity, and gender. (KM 5.2)
Determine how institutions are created to respond to changing individual and group needs. (KM 5.3)
Identify ways that Seventh-day Adventist organizations work to improve life in communities.
Express ways in which young people are socialized which include similarities as well as differences across cultures. (KM 5.4)
Investigate how groups and institutions change over time. (KM 5.5)
Assess how cultural diffusion occurs when groups migrate. (KM 5.6)
Discuss the influence of women and ethnic groups in the growth of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Demonstrate how institutions may promote or undermine social conformity.
Explain that when two or more groups with differing norms and beliefs interact accommodation or conflict may result. (KM 5.8)
Critique how groups and institutions influence culture in a variety of ways. (KM 5.9)
Participate in age appropriate outreach and service projects.
What is the foundation of the sovereignty of God and how does it compare to the sovereignty of human
Unlike human government, God’s power, authority, and governance are absolute and rooted in His everlasting love.
Cite rights that are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land. (KM 6.1)
Compare the constitution of a country to the Ten Commandments.
Discuss ideas that are the foundation of American constitutional democracy including those of the U. S. Constitution, popular sovereignty, the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, minority rights, the separation of church and state, and Federalism. (KM 6.2)
Evaluate fundamental values of constitutional democracy. (KM 6.3)
Research and debate the ideologies and structures of political systems that differ from those of the United States. (KM 6.4)
Exhibit tolerance and respect for individuals with different beliefs and viewpoints.
Investigate the ways in which governments meet the needs and wants of citizens, manage conflict, and establish order and security. (KM 6.5)
Describe the structure and organization of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Identify how God has ultimate control and protection over human affairs and discuss the ways He has led in the past.
How does God expect us to use the resources He has provided?
God supplies all of our needs and allows us to choose to be responsible stewards.
Examine why individuals, government, and society experience scarcity because human wants and needs exceed what can be produced from available resources. (KM 7.1)
Examine the efforts of the Seventh-day Adventist church to alleviate social problems.
Compare and contrast how choices involve trading off the expected value of one opportunity gained against the expected value of the best alternative. (KM 7.2)
Evaluate how the economic choices that people make have both present and future consequences. (KM 7.3)
Justify how economic incentives affect people’s behavior and may be regulated by rules or laws. (KM 7.4)
Practice responsible stewardship which includes returning tithe and gifts to God, saving money, helping others, and planning for future purchases.
Illustrate how banks and other financial institutions channel funds from savers to borrowers and investors. (KM 7.5)
Explain the economic gains that result from specialization and exchange as well as the trade-offs. (KM 7.6)
Interpret how markets bring buyers and sellers together to exchange goods and services. (KM 7.7)
Evaluate how goods and services are allocated in a market economy through the influence of prices on decisions about production and consumption. (KM 7.8)
Analyze how levels of income, employment, and prices are determined by the interaction of households, firms, and the government. (KM 7.9)
How has God enabled humans to develop science and technology to improve society?
God designed humans with wisdom, inquiring minds, and varied talents to discover ways to enrich life.
Discuss how science is a result of empirical study of the natural world and that technology is the application of knowledge to accomplish tasks. (KM 8.1)
Develop a logical argument that there are gaps in access to science and technology around the world. (KM 8.10)
Investigate how society often turns to science and technology to solve problems. (KM 8.2)
Give evidence of how our lives today are media and technology dependent.
Compare and contrast how science and technology have had both positive and negative impacts upon individuals, societies, and the environment in the past and present. (KM 8.4)
Understand the healthy benefits of time management and practice self-control when using technology.
Analyze how science and technology have changed people’s perceptions of the social and natural world as well as their relationship to the land, economy and trade, their concept of security, and their major daily activities. (KM 8.5)
Use a variety of media and formats within digital environments to communicate ideas with authentic audiences, and engage in faith-based activities.
Validate how values, beliefs, and attitudes have been influenced by new scientific and technological knowledge. (KM 8.6)
Recognize how a Christian uses technology as a responsible citizen.
Cite evidence of how media are created, received, and are dependent upon cultural contexts. (KM 8.7)
Analyze how science and technology sometimes create ethical issues that test our standards and values. (KM 8.8)
Detail the need for laws and policies to govern scientific and technological applications. (KM 8.9)
Design a project using technology to serve the church and community.
How do global issues and connections impact the gospel commission?
God expects us to use global connections to address world issues through service to others, while sharing the good news
of His love and His imminent return.
Outline how global connections have existed in the past and increased rapidly in current times. (KM 9.1)
Verify that global factors such as cultural, economic, and political connections are changing the places in which people live. (KM 9.2)
Investigate how spatial relationships, that relate to ongoing global issues, affect the health and well-being of Earth and its inhabitants. (KM 9.3)
Point out how global problems and possibilities are not generally caused or developed by any one nation. (KM 9.4)
Indicate how global connections may make cultures more alike or increase their sense of distinctiveness. (KM 9.5)
Explain how universal human rights cut across cultures but are not necessarily understood in the same way in all cultures. (KM 9.6)
Discuss and analyze the unique message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Demonstrate an understanding of current world missions of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
According to the Scriptures, what are the civic responsibilities of a Christian to the government of God and the
governments of man?
Followers of Jesus have a dual citizenship with responsibility first to God and then to civil authorities.
Discuss how the theme of civic ideals and practices helps us to learn about and know how to work for the betterment of society. (KM 10.1)
Define individual dignity, liberty, justice, equality, individual rights, responsibility, majority and minority rights, and civil dissent. (KM 10.2)
Summarize key practices involving the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the exercise of citizenship. (KM 10.3)
Examine the common good and the rule of law. (KM 10.4)
Interpret key documents and excerpts from key sources that define and support democratic ideals and practices. (KM 10.5)
Identify the origins and function of major institutions and practices developed to support democratic ideals and practices. (KM 10.6)
Debate key past and present issues involving democratic ideals and practices as well as the perspectives of various stakeholders in proposing possible solutions to these issues. (KM 10.7)
Discuss the importance of becoming informed in order to make positive civic contributions. (KM 10.8)
Compare religious freedom in various parts of the world.
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