Lesson Plan

Exploring a different culture

Exposure to a different culture
K L.
Classroom teacher
springfield, ma
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • describe American Culture in their own words
  • answer questions about the Lost Boys and cultural identity after watching videos
  • make media to self connections
Subjects
Social Studies
Arts
World Languages
Grades 5 - 8
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Preteach/review vocabulary

Activity: Presenting

Preteach/review vocabulary 

culture-learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
cultural identity-the way a person views themselves in relation to the learned characteristics and behaviors of a group or community.
cultural landscape-human imprint on the physical environment.
cultural marker-unique characteristic of a community.
assimilation-process by which people acquire the culture and habits of the dominant group.
acculturation-the process of adopting the traits of a cultural group.

Have students make connections to their own lives to make sure they understand each concept. Ask: What words would you use to describe American culture? Students may respond with examples of cultural markers, such as music, food, fashion, language, or slang. Or, they may respond with examples of values, such as individualism, personal rights, innovation, or democracy.

Student Instructions

Assess/activate any prior knowledge on the topic. Share/take risks on defining vocabulary words. Can you make any connections to your own life? What words would you use to describe American culture? 

2 View excerpts

Introduce and watch three excerpts from God Grew Tired of Us. Tell students that they will watch three excerpts from God Grew Tired of Us. Show them the excerpts "Sense of Place and Community," "Cultural Differences," and "Responsibility and Leadership.”

Student Instructions

View three excerpts from God Grew Tired of Us. 1) "Sense of Place and Community" 2) "Cultural differences" 3) Responsibility and Leadership" 

Have a paper available to jot down thoughts or notes that may surface as watching the film. Vocabulary words that have been introduced pay special attention to.

3 Worksheet

Distribute the worksheet and have students complete it. Distribute copies of the worksheet The Lost Boys’ Cultural Identity. Have students complete it independently. Then use the provided answer key to discuss students' answers.

Student Instructions

After having viewed the three excepts, complete the accompanying worksheet. Then we will go over the answers.

4 Discussion

Activity: Conversing

Have a whole-class discussion to have students make media-to-self connections.

What markers are representative of American culture?
How do the values of the Lost Boys compare to your own?
What questions and fears would you have if you were moving to a new place?
What differences do you see between Dinka culture and American culture?
How do you think you would adapt to life in a new country? Why?
What can you do to make a difference in your community the way the Lost Boys have made a difference in their communities?

Student Instructions

As a group, we will discuss and make media to self connections using these questions as a guide:

What markers are representative of american culture?

How do the values of the Lost Boys compare to your own?

What questions and fears would you have if you were moving to a new place?

What differences do you see between Dinka culture and American culture?

How do you think you would adapt to life in a new country?

What can you do to make a difference in your community the way the Lost Boys have made a difference in their communities?