ALEX Learning Activity

  

Connecting Cultures

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Marquita Hall
System:College/University
School:University of Alabama in Huntsville
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1427
Title:
Connecting Cultures
Digital Tool/Resource:
ePals
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

In this learning activity, students will analyze cultural elements, including language, art, music, literature, belief systems using ePals.  ePals is a safe way to connect with students across the world. 

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9-12
Contemporary World Issues and Civic Engagement
5 ) Analyze cultural elements, including language, art, music, literature, and belief systems, to determine how they facilitate global understanding or misunderstanding.

Unpacked Content
Strand: Elective
Course Title: Contemporary World Issues and Civic Engagement
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Analyze elements of cultures from countries around the world including various languages, pieces of art; music; literature, and differing beliefs systems.
  • Provide an argument with strong evidence for or against how cultural elements can facilitate a better global understanding or cause a misunderstanding between nations and cultures.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • global understanding
  • cultural elements
  • evidence
  • analyze
  • belief system
  • globalization
  • perspective
  • diversity
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The elements that form a culture.
  • Differing cultures around the world.
  • Culture conflicts throughout history.
  • The meaning of globalization as well as how globalization has provided a need and an avenue for global/cultural understanding.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Analyze elements of culture using a variety of techniques.
  • Support analysis with global perspective of culture.
  • Identify cultures throughout the world through locating.
  • Form an argument with evidence to determine if cultural elements facilitate global understanding or misunderstanding.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • Cultural elements facilitate global understanding or misunderstanding for any given culture.
Learning Objectives:

Students should be able to analyze cultural elements, including language, art, music, literature, and belief systems, to determine how they facilitate global understanding or misunderstanding.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

After a lesson on cultural elements, language, art, music, literature, and belief systems, students will use the ePal resource to connect via Skype, email exchange, and Project Workspace.  Students will converse with diverse peers and exchange cultural norms and ideas that will help them create narratives based on the student with whom they are interacting.  

Assessment Strategies:

Students will share their writing with their diverse partner and edit the narratives together. The peer edited work will be collected following each session. 


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  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: cultural elements