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.
Define culture as referring to the behaviors, beliefs, values, traditions, institutions, and ways of living together of a group of people. (KE 1.1)
Ask and find answers to questions related to culture in the contexts of school, community, state, and region. (PE 1.1)
Identify concepts such as: similarities, differences, beliefs, values, cohesion, and diversity. (KE 1.2)
Tell how cultural beliefs, behaviors, and values allow human groups to solve the problems of daily living. (KE 1.3)
Demonstrate respect for people with different religious beliefs, different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicity.
Explain how culture may change in response to changing needs and concerns.
Relate how individuals learn the elements of their culture through interactions with other members of the culture group. (KE 1.5)
Recall how peoples from different cultures develop different values and ways of interpreting experience. (KE1.6)
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 that the study of the past is the story of communities, nations, and the world. (KE 2.1)
Define key concepts such as: past, present, future, similarity, difference, and change. (KE 2.2)
Understand that we can learn our personal past and the past of communities, nations, and the world by means of stories, biographies, interviews, and original sources such as documents, letters, photographs, and artifacts. (KE 2.3)
Name key people, events, and places associated with the history of the community, nation, and world. (KE 2.4)
Identify the accomplishments of Seventh-day Adventists in history.
Identify the first Seventh-day Adventist missionaries.
Identify key symbols and traditions that are carried from the past into the present by diverse cultures in the United States and the world. (KE 2.5)
Explain that people view and interpret historical events differently because of the times in which they live, their experiences, and the point of view they hold. (KE 2.6)
Trace how the origins of the Seventh-day Adventist church are threaded throughout history.
Show that historical events occurred in times that differed from our own but often have lasting consequences for the present and future. (KE 2.7)
Read and retell Bible and church history stories that portray how God works through people to help make the community a better place.
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.
Explain that the theme of people, places, and environments involves the study of location, place, and the interactions of people with their surroundings. (KE 3.1)
Define concepts such as: location, direction, distance, and scale. (KE 3.2)
Utilize tools such as maps, globes, and geospatial technologies in investigating relationships among people, places, and environments. (KE 3.9)
Correlate physical and human characteristics of the school, community, state, and region and the interactions of people in these places with the environment. (KE 3.3)
Describe the Christian’s responsibility for the environment.
Identify the factors influencing various community, state, and regional patterns of human settlement such as the availability of land, water, and places for people to live. (KE 3.4)
Explore cultural patterns and their interactions within and across places, by means such as migration and settlement, changes in customs or ideas and in the ways people make a living. (KE 3.6)
Analyze factors that contribute to similarities and differences among peoples locally and in places across the world including ethnicity, language, and religious beliefs. (KE 3.8)
Compare physical changes in the community, state, and region, such as seasons, climate, and their effects on plants and animals. (KE 3.5)
Examine the effects of sin on the environment.
Compare and contrast benefits and problems resulting from the discovery and use of resources. (KE 3.7)
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.
Discuss how the study of individual development and identity helps us know who we are and how we change. (KE 4.1)
Identify the qualities that make individuals unique and equip them for their place in God’s overall plan.
Define concepts such as: growth, change, learning, self, family, and groups. (KE 4.2)
Explain how individuals have characteristics that are both distinct from and similar to those of others. (KE 4.3)
Compare the Biblical account of the beginning of civilization to that of the evolutionary viewpoint.
Describe how individuals bring specific abilities, interests, and talents in working with others to make decisions and solve problems. (KE 4.4)
Develop a respect for others including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
Examine how individuals change over time. (KE 4.5)
Evaluate how physical, intellectual, and emotional growth affects individual identity, growth, and interactions with others. (KE 4.6)
Achieve a balance in work and leisure which encompasses physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual activities.
Explore factors that contribute to personal identify such as physical attributes, gender, race, and culture. (PE 4.3)
Evaluate how individuals can express their own identify and work productively with others. (PE 4.4)
Discuss how people’s interactions with their social and physical surroundings influence individual identity and growth. (KE 4.7)
Outline how individual choices are influenced by personal and social factors.
Identify people, groups, and institutions that contribute to development. (PE 4.5)
Embrace and cultivate a personal relationship with Christ.
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.
Describe how this theme shows that people belong to groups and institutions that influence them and by which they are influenced. (KE 5.1)
Define concepts such as community, culture, role, competition, cooperation, rules, and norms. (KE 5.2)
Tell how the Seventh-day Adventist church positively impacts neighborhoods.
Identify characteristics that distinguish individuals. (KE 5.3)
Elaborate on how individuals, groups, and institutions share common elements and also have unique characteristics. (KE 5.4)
Assess the impact of families, schools, religious institutions, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic groups on their lives. (KE 5.5)
Examine how the rules and norms of groups to which they belong impact their lives. (KE 5.6)
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.
Justify how rules and laws can serve to support order and protect individual rights. (KE 6.1)
Identify the basic elements of government in the United States: executive, legislative, and judicial authority. (KE 6.4)
Describe the structure and organization of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Give examples of people who have the authority to make and enforce rules.
Identify fundamental ideas that are the foundation of American constitutional democracy, including those of the U. S. Constitution, the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, minority rights, and the separation of church and state. (KE 6.2)
Show how the Ten Commandments relate to governmental laws.
Describe fundamental values of democracy: the common good, liberty, justice, equality, and individual dignity. (KE 6.3)
Exhibit tolerance and respect for individuals with different beliefs and viewpoints.
Explain the ways in which governments meet the needs and wants of citizens.
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.
Demonstrate how people and communities deal with scarcity of resources. (KE 7.1)
Explain uses of God’s gift of natural resources for meeting human needs.
Distinguish the difference between needs and wants. (KE 7.2)
Investigate what people and communities gain and give up when they make a decision. (KE 7.3)
Practice responsible stewardship which includes returning tithe and gifts to God, saving money, helping others, and planning for future purchases.
Explain how economic incentives affect people’s behavior. (KE 7.4)
Identify the characteristics and functions of money and its uses. (KE 7.5)
Identify various organizations such as banks and businesses that help people achieve their individual economic goals. (KE 7.6)
Examine the efforts of the Seventh-day Adventist church to alleviate
Describe the characteristics of a market economy. (KE 7.7)
Compare and contrast the goods and services produced in the market and those produced by the government. (KE 7.8)
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.
Describe how science involves the study of the natural world and how technology refers to the tools we use to accomplish tasks. (KE 8.1)
Cite examples of how society often turns to science and technology to solve problems. (KE 8.2)
Design a project using technology to serve the church and community.
Illustrate how media and technology are a part of every aspect of our lives. (KE 8.3)
Discuss the ways in which scientific findings and various forms of technology influence our daily lives. (KE 8.4)
Demonstrate how science leads to new technology in areas such as communication and transportation resulting in change over time. (KE 8.5)
Compare and contrast examples of how science and technology can have both positive and negative impacts on individuals, society, and the globe. (KE 8.6)
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.
Discuss how global connections may be of various types including cultural exchange, trade, political, economic, or travel. (KE 9.1)
Explain how global connections affect the daily life of individuals and those around them. (KE 9.2)
Demonstrate an understanding of current world missions of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Compare and contrast how some global issues have persisted over time while others are more contemporary or emerging. (KE 9.3)
Point out how all cultures have similar needs but meet those needs in different ways that may influence or be influenced by global connections. (KE 9.4)
Evaluate how the pace of global change has quickened in recent times. (KE 9.5)
Discuss and analyze the unique message and mission of the Seventh-day
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.
Explain that the theme of civic ideals and practices helps us know how we can influence the way people live and act together. (KE 10.1)
Define concepts and ideas such as individual dignity, fairness, freedom, common good, rule of law, civic life, rights, and responsibilities. (KE 10.2)
Describe how key practices in a democratic society include civic participation based on studying community issues, planning, decision-making, voting, and cooperating to promote civic ideals. (KE 10.3)
Discuss how democratic ideals and practices are represented in contemporary and historical sources, quotations, and stories. (KE 10.4)
Discuss the importance of gathering information as the basis for informed civic action. (KE 10.5)
Discuss the importance of religious freedom throughout the world.
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