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Students will research and study an aspect of a world culture. Information gathered will be used to teach the class a lesson about the culture researched.
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Culture of the World

Objective: Students will research and study an aspect of the world.  Information gathered will be used to teach your class a lesson about the culture you have researched.  Students will work in small groups to create  a presentation displaying and explaining a culture of the world. Presentation can take many forms, you have the option of creating a power point presentation, a Prezi presentation or a photo story. Each member of the groups will equally participate in the research of the culture and the presentation of the material and information.  The presentation should be approximately 30-40 minutes and should be visual and interactive. It is very important that presentations provide a great deal of pictures or visuals that will assist in the understanding of this culture. Each slide should include a number of pictures to enhance the information.

Part 1 Presentation- The following information should be included in your presentation,

1.)    Ceremonies, festivals and Holidays?  Research and describe at least three ceremonies and holidays that are celebrated in this culture.  How do they relate to holidays of the North American Culture? When are these ceremonies and holidays celebrated?  What is typical for celebrating these ceremonies and holidays? Presentation should include pictures of these celebrations.  

2.)    Food and- What traditional foods can be found in this culture?  What foods and drinks have been created in this culture? Is there any significance to serving this food, for example is it part of a ceremony or holiday tradition.  Presentation should include pictures and main ingredients of the dish or meal.  When does this culture eat breakfast, lunch and supper?

3.)    Dress- What dress is common for women, men and children?  What is the purpose of this type of clothing? Presentations should include pictures of your culture’s common dress.

4.)    Religion- What religion(s) is practiced by this culture?  Presentations should provide a brief description of this religion along with common beliefs, ceremonies, sacraments and practices. 

5.)    Family- What are the roles of the father, mother, children and extended family? Provide pictures of family members participation in their daily routines or roles.

6.)    Standard of Living- What is the life expectancy of men and women?  What do men and women do for a living, for example what are some common forms of employment?  What is the average yearly income?

7.)    Recreation, games and entertainment- What kinds of activities are common for this culture?  Provide pictures or videos of participation in these activities.

8.)    Language- What language/languages are spoken in this culture?  It would be interesting for the class to see what the language actually looks like, so find a picture of your cultures alphabet or words that are spoken in this language. 

9.)     Homes and transportation- What kinds of homes are common in this culture, what is their main mode of transportation. Be sure to include a picture of both the homes and means of transportation that are common for this culture.

10.)  Art, literature and Music- What forms of art, literature and music are common in this culture. In addition to providing pictures of these art forms, also find a video clip or an example of music that is common in this culture to your power point.

11.)  Non-material culture- costumes, values and beliefs- Provide examples and explanations of the non-material aspects of this cultures. 

12.) What cultural universals are shared among your culture and the North Americans culture? Create a slide that lists the common  culture universals that are shared between the North American culture and the culture you are researching

13.) Economy-What kind of economy is found in this culture?

14.) Government-What kind of government does this culture follow?  Presentations should include a detailed explanation of this government, as well as a reflection of how this form of government has influenced the government.  Provide a picture of their current leader

15.) Provide a map of countries and or areas that participate in this form of culture.


Part II-Create an interactive activity that will allow your classmates to participate in a small part of your culture.  Some ideas could be a game, language activity, dance, an art or craft activity, song or nursery rhyme, myth or fair tail.

Part III- Include a small video clip to help your classmates understand the many aspects of your culture.  The video can be found on you tube and should be no more than 10 minutes long.  The purpose of this video is to provide students with a visual of what your culture “looks” like.

Part IV- Assessment- Create a guided reading worksheet that can be completed by the students as the present you present your culture.  The worksheets should contain at least 20 questions and should highlight the most important parts of your presentation. 

Part V-Extra Credit- Students have the opportunity to earn 20 extra credit points for dressing in your cultures common dress.  There will be limitations on this extra credit.  It must be a traditional dress and must differ from the clothes you would wear on a daily basis in the United States.  So I will not give you extra-credit for wearing jeans and a t-shirt because they wear jeans and t-shirts in Germany.

It is important that all members of the group participate equally in gathering information and pictures, creating the presentation, and presenting and teaching your culture.  You will be given daily tasks to complete to help keep on task and insure that individuals do their part.  Please refer to the grading rubric to guide you as you complete this project. 


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