Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources

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Twelfth graders explore women (or men if they are underrepresented) who are leaders and achievers in the particular core content curriculum area.  For this Anthropology lesson, 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 examine the combined subjects of anthropology and sociology and explain how the disciplines would study the same issue. On poster board, they locate or draw pictures related to the two subjects. Once this is completed, students write summaries comparing and contrasting anthropology and sociology.
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.
Students 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.
Students examine careers that are not traditional to their gender.
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.
High schoolers 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.
Students gain an understanding of the relationship between climate and culture in the sub- Saharan Africa. Students will complete short exercises pertaining to the various cultures of Africa and the climate in which they live. Instructions are included on how to create an African mask.
Twelfth graders identify women who have excelled in anthropology. They present their findings which are compiled with other students' research to produce a list of women anthropologists.
Students analyze anthropological case studies. In this specific Ethical Dilemmas lesson, students make ethical judgments based on the case study analysis. Students work cooperatively in small groups to reach their conclusions.
Students create a timeline that explains how ancient cultures used artifacts. In this Relative Dating in Archaeology lesson, students examine artifacts and draw conclusions about their origins. Then students analyze antiquated objects or appliances to determine their uses and significance to the culture as a whole.
Students critically evaluate cultures according to their artifacts. In this Random Strategies in Archaeology instructional activity, Students interpret evidence in order to better understand ancient societies. Students watch films that affect their predetermined definitions of interpreted artifacts. Lastly students collect artifacts and evidence around their campus and ask fellow classmates to interpret the evidence.
What race are you? Players are asked to guess how people from all over Boston and Los Angeles answered this question. Producers of the tool claim the game is designed to “shed light on the complexity of race as a cultural and historical construction.”
Students study about the Venezuelan government's promotion of the Dancing Devils ritual in San Francisco de Yare as a tourist attraction. They investigate a number of traditional regional events around the world to explore the relationship between culture and tourism.
Students consider how archaeologists discovered and pieced together artifacts that indicate a Celtic presence in ancient Turkey. They research ancient civilizations and create archaeological digs containing items representative of these cultures.
Students investigate the evolution of the King Arthur stories and analyze them as a window into the culture that preserved them. They trace the legends through their earliest versions through medieval and Victorian times and into the present.
Middle schoolers explore characteristics of the myth genre.  In this myth lesson plan, students become familiar with various myths and the cultures they were derived from. Middle schoolers compare in a graphic organizer. Students write original myths and dramatize them. Middle schoolers share their work.
Students study the Book of the Dead and its importance to Ancient Egyptian culture, identify with ancient Egyptians through reading about their culture and religion, and use scroll-shaped paper and colored pencils to create their own Book of the Dead.
Ninth graders analyze the concept of interviewing a person being a great firsthand account of someone's culture. They are encouraged to become a reporter and get involved in the community.