Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources

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Students explore the concept of cultural anthropology. In this culture studies lesson, students consider the culture of Guinea as they read "The Meaning of Time" by Katherine Ross. Students also discuss the traits of monochronic and polychronic cultures
Learners develop archeological skills in order to explain how scientists determine what ancient cultures were like. They develop an appreciation of the work that is involved in finding out about our past.
Students examine the nature of culture, and compare/contrast various cultures and their artifacts and ceremonies. They develop a class list of artifacts, complete a worksheet, and create a poster or diorama describing an object that is important to them.
Students research one or more cultures. They determine what aspects of the culture to research based on their interests. They develop a research proposal and share it with the class.
Students compare various aspects of their lives with those of their parents or guardians to find out how they are different, and consider cultural gap between parents and their children by reading and discussing article, "??omg my mom joined facebook!!?" Students then work in groups to prepare course outlines and lesson plans designed to teach adults what they need to know to keep up with technology popular with today's youth.
Folktales reveal volumes about a culture, so get your literary analysts perusing them for anthropological clues! Learners examine characteristics of a folktale before researching one particular culture to better understand their folklore. There is a focus on Internet source evaluation, and learners rate sites they find for their informational value. They examine six stories and create their own folktale from the culture they research. No worksheets or rubrics are included.
Students learn what culture is, define related terms and apply these concepts to a culture other than their own in a research assignment.
Students study the four main subdivisions of anthropology and how they overlap. They explore the careers of several contemporary anthropologists and their fieldwork, comparing the methods and applications of their work.
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few in-depth lesson plans and hands-on activities to use with your biology classes when studying natural selection or heredity.
Students interpret Japanese and American paintings; evaluate paintings as sources of cultural and historical information
Ninth graders participate in class discussion about culture and how it influences our lives then complete an analysis of advertisements from popular magazines to derive what effects they have on our culture. They use analysis of adds to draw ideas about g
Seventh graders explore  several different cultures and their influence on one another. In this culture clash lesson, 7th graders choose a culture and create a handbook showing the history, the areas where they settled and recipes from that culture. Students analyze music from each culture, create a word wall and do internet research on the cultures.
Students develop an understanding of the interrelatedness of technology, culture, and environment as illustrated by the Chumash culture. They research the tribe and complete a table for the Chumash people describing their environment, technology, and culture.
Students analyze demographic data and explore relationships between several cultural characteristics of nations.
Twelfth graders explore women (or men if they are underrepresented) who are leaders and achievers in the particular core content curriculum area.  In this Anthropology lesson plan, 12th graders study the women who have distinguished themselves and made significant contributions within the field of anthropology.
Learners study their culture while filling in a chart that shows how culture meets basic human needs. They examine the role of archaeologists in studying people from past cultures.
Students research early humans and their cultures. They conduct Internet research, discuss their findings with their group, evaluate the information provided by artifacts, and create a report to present to a simulated archaeology institute.
Young scholars begin the lesson by identifying how and why the Native Americans came to North America. Using the internet, they examine how their culture spread throughout the continent and in groups they discuss the stereotypes between the Europeans and Native Americans. They end the lesson by discussing how Native Americans today are trying to preserve their culture.
Introducing the topic of cultural diversity and the social issues surrounding it, this presentation will get your students thinking about stereotypes involving race, gender, and sexual orientation. Affirmative action and positive and negative face are covered in this slideshow, as well as bilingualism. Many opportunities for discussion are listed at the end of the presentation, which prompts students to compare and contrast various sociological and anthropological theories.
Students comprehend what is meant by Cultural Evolution and that it primarily applies at Human Evolution, but that there are examples in higher mammals such as a killer whales, dolphins and great apes of particular groups by exploring from their elders special ways to adapt to their environment.