Melting Pot or Salad Bowl? Cultural Diversity

Melting pot, salad bowl, or mixed salad? Those are the questions asked by a lesson plan on cultural diversity designed for high school social studies classes. Pupils watch a short video, gather in groups to answer questions posed by a presentation, interview other classmates, and then craft a written reflection on the benefits and challenges posed by cultural diversity in the United States.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Assemble the pieces and post the class quilt
  • Have the class design a celebration that honors the various cultural traditions represented by class members
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource is the social studies version of an ELA lesson on culture diversity found here
  • Links in the PowerPoint only work when in presentation mode
  • The activities focus on identifying cultural elements that are unique and those that are shared among class members
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