Subject Matter Knowledge (smk) Requirements Matrix Middle School Humanities



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Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK) Requirements Matrix

Middle School Humanities (English and History) 5-8

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7.06: (18) Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements

Introductory Level

Introduced; Beginning / Developing



Moderate Level

Reinforced; Developing/ Competent



High Level

Mastered; Competent/ Skilled



(a) English



1. Literature




a. American literature including the Colonial Period; the Revolutionary Period; American Romanticism and the American Renaissance (to include Hawthorne, Emerson, Melville, Whitman, and Thoreau); the Civil War and the post-war period; and fiction, poetry, and drama from the early 20th century to the present










b. World literature including British literature (including the Anglo-Saxon period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Restoration and the 18th century, the Romantic Period, the Victorian Period, and the 20th century) and other European literature; literature of Africa, Latin America and Asia; Ancient Greek and Roman literature; the Bible as literature; world myths and folktales










c. Characteristics of the different genres of literature










2. Language




a. History and structure of the English language










b. Knowledge of the rules and conventions of standard written and spoken English










3. Rhetoric and Composition




a. Principles of classical rhetoric










b. Similarities and differences between oral and written communication










(b) History




1. United States History: indigenous people of North America; European settlements and colonies; the American Revolution; expansion, reform, and economic growth of the United States up to the Civil War; the Civil War and Reconstruction; European immigration, industrialization, and scientific and technological progress; the two World Wars; and the United States from 1945 to the present










2. World History: human beginnings and early civilizations (Africa, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Egypt, India, China); roots of Western Civilization (Israel, Greece, Rome); English and Western European history; Renaissance and the age of exploration; age of revolutionary change in Europe; development of Asia, Africa, and South America; the world in the era of two World Wars; and the world from 1945 to the present










3. Geography




a. Major physical features of the world










b. Key concepts of geography and its effects on various peoples










4. Economics




a. Fundamental economic concepts and economic reasoning










b. American economic history










5. Government: Principles of American government and the founding documents of the United States










6. Methods and Sources for Research in History










(c) Reading theory, research, and practice at the middle school level












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