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Students define the term ethnic music, ethnic dancing, and a simple Carpatho Rusyn dance step.
Learners examine culture and ethnicity.  In this cultural arts lesson, students discuss the cultural and social elements of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  They discuss other historical locations that have cultural influence, and discuss the significance of those locations. 
Learners 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. Learners view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Learners explore traditional dances.  In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts.  Learners 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 learn about Latin American dance and rhythm in different forms and participate in dancing. In this Latin American lesson plan, students also analyze Latin American paintings.
High schoolers study the art of Bharata Natyam Indian dance. In this Indian dance lesson, students read text about Indian dance Bharata Natyam dance. High schoolers may create their own dance and a television story about the topic.
Students perform a folk dance and discuss its cultural and historical meanings. They review the dance and perform it, beginning with four individuals who dance with confidence right from the start.
Middle schoolers 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 lesson, 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.
Students study the folk music and dance of the island of Mauritius. In this music and dance activity, students study the style of music and dance that is called sega. They learn about how the traditional music comes from the islands off the coast of Africa.
First graders explore the art of Russian folk dancing. In this cultural traditions lesson, 1st graders research the Troika and incorporate attributes of the Russion folk dance into their own renditions.
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.
High schoolers 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.
Students read information to learn about dance frontiers and Butoh dance. In this dance and art lesson, students are introduced to the dance form of butoh. Students watch a video about the topic and find their own outlets for expression in creative dance.
Twelfth graders explore West African Ku Ku dance. As a class, learners discuss the influence African dances have on the United Sates of today, as well as the history of the dance. Students observe and participate in a dance demonstration. They practice movement patterns and write movement vocabulary in their journals.
Young scholars learn about the a dance company with disabled dancers as well as the field of integrated dance. In this integrated dance instructional activity, students read passages about the AXIS Dance Company, an integrated dance company of able and disabled dancers. Young scholars 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.
Third graders identify and perform the five main dance movements of the "Chicken Dance" to accordion music.
Third graders memorize the steps to the "Chicken Dance" while discovering the uses of an accordion. The teacher explains the role of folk music in history, and the students perform the chicken dance paying special attention to rhythm.
Students investigate the concept of Chinese dance and how it developed. They practice some of the dances and conduct research the contributions of major choreographers. Students describe the history and cultural significance of each dance.
Sixth graders study South African dances to learn about dancing styles in their country. In this dance lesson, 6th graders watch a video of dances and mark the movements they observe. Students then answer questions about the video. Students research South African dances by finding pictures of the dances, listing the dances, demonstrating the dances, and bringing a unique item about the dance to class.

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