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Students explore traditional dances. In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts. Students draw inferences about the vital role that dance played in their identified country and compare and contrast their findings with other countries researched.
Young scholars observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Young scholars view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Sixth graders practice four different cultural or traditional (folk) dances and participate in whole-class and small-group discussions that invite critical thinking to draw inferences. Students choose specific countries or regions to research, examining their histories, geographies, climates, governments, economics, cultures and arts.
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary lesson has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance often tells a story. A research component allows them to collect data on select populations to inspire written stories and creative dances.
Learners complete a unit on the music, dance, and folklore of the African American culture. They read, write, and dramatize folktales, create a timeline of African American music, conduct a web scavenger hunt, and create a computer slideshow presentation as the culminating project of the unit.
Young scholars brainstorm a list of stereotypes associated with the Hispanic or Latin culture. In groups, they use the internet to research issues of importance to the Puerto Rican community. They focus on the cultures that speak Spanish and how ethnicity applies to various groups within the United States. To end the instructional activity, they read a poem and write their reflections.
Students define ethnicity and ethnic group in their own words. In groups, they view comic strips and identify how the strips relate to their family life. Individually, they write their own comic strip about their own ethnic group. To end the lesson, they exchange them with a partner to check for grammar and punctuation.
Middle schoolers learn about the a dance company with disabled dancers as well as the field of integrated dance. For this integrated dance lesson, students read passages about the AXIS Dance Company, an integrated dance company of able and disabled dancers. Middle schoolers complete research about the history of integrated dance and theatre, give a presentation of their research, and complete exercises using the approach of integrated dance.
How has the minstrel image permeated culture? "Minstrel Man" and "We Wear the Mask," two poems by Langston Hughes, as well as the film Ethnic Notions, stimulate thinking about this essential question and prepare high schoolers for reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Although part of an extended unit on Connecting Themes of Oppression, the materials and discussions provide a sensitive approach to Twain’s controversial novel.
Seventh graders explore the traditional dances of various immigrants into the United States. While attending a cultural event from a specific immigrant group, 7th graders observe cultural dances. They interview members of the ethnic group and learn the dance. Pupils create a formal presentation to be given in class.
Tenth graders investigate the historical and cultural ties that influence the ethnic character of communities and the local economics throughout the state of Nebraska. They collect data on cities and towns that hold ethnic festivals and examine the historical roots of the festivals and the impact on the local economy and present their findings to the class.
Students use mystery novels to focus on the history and ethnicity of different regions of the United States. As a class, they are introduced to the elements of a mystery and compare them to the other types of novels they have read. In groups, they discuss the characters, setting and plots of the novels while researching the historical events occuring in the text.