Respect for Authority

9th - 12th

Students develop cross-cultural understanding. In this democracy lesson, students discuss core democratic values as they examine the governance in their school and their local community. Students also discuss the effectiveness of authority in Mongolia.

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Cross-Cultural Dialogue Lesson

Learners read and analyze a personal narrative written about a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Guinea-Bissau, Africa. They discuss the concept of crossing cultures, analyze maps, complete worksheets, and develop a writing assignment that describes events from two perspectives.

Cross-Cultural Dialogue Lesson

Use the Peace Corps to explore a different place and different perspectives. Your class reads the personal narrative "Cross-Cultural Dialogue" by Roz Wollmering, completing an attached story frame sheet in preparation for a class discussion. There are four days worth of activities provided here, and learners are encouraged to complete a daily journal entry to reflect on the difference of perspective. 

Resolving a Cross-Cultural Misunderstanding

Students resolve a cross-cultural misunderstanding in a constructive manner. They read about the way in which individuals in the Dominican Republic misunderstood an American Peace Corps Volunteer who was doing something that in the United States is perfectly normal.

Resolving a Cross-Cultural Misunderstanding

Students explore the concept of cross-cultural misunderstandings. In this communication lesson, students read a scenario involving communication misunderstandings and discuss cultural perspectives.

Cross-Cultural Dialogue Lesson

Students view situations from more than their own point of view. They use the incidents in the author's story to explore the concept of crossing cultures and reflect on what it is like to feel like an outsider (in the way that the author did).

Word Play

High schoolers examine the history of Chinese American artist Xu Bing. In this multicultural lesson, students collaborate in small groups to identify letters in the artist's work, and brainstorm how they would create their own images from letters. High schoolers also research other cultures art and languages.

The Home Stretch

Students study how increasing numbers of refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan are settling in the Midwest. They explore topics of cross-cultural significance for international refugees and their host communities in order to present at a teach-in.

A Fundamental of Culture—Cultural Context

Students examine the impact of cultural context. In this culture instructional activity, students discuss the unwritten rules that cultures live by and how context determines behavioral norms within the culture.

Establishing Classroom Discussion Rules

Establish ground rules for class discussion with a constructivist approach. Your class will own the norms and be intrinsically motivated to employ them. Discuss the importance of establishing a safe and respectful learning environment. Class members collaborate to develop a protocol for class discussions. The purpose is to minimize negative and unproductive conflict and create an atmosphere where differing points of view can be respectfully considered. Plan to use this activity at the start of the year to maximize potential.

Native Cultures and Values

Students learn about Native American culture. In this history and diversity lesson plan, students use a website to create a timeline of significant events, contributions, growth and developments of Native American culture groups. Students read a Native American proverb and identify the values discussed in the proverb.

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