Discovering the Cultures of our Class A Webquest for the 6th Grade Level
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Introduction

As you are aware, cultural awareness week is coming up for our school. Our school consists of a large diverse group of people. It is important to understand the many different cultures in order to appreciate them. Your assignment is to research and develop a PowerPoint presentation on your cultural background. Research to find out more information that you may need clarification on, consult your family for detail on traditions you may or may not follow, and find neat artifacts that you may want to share with the class during your presentation. You will use Inspiration in order to brainstorm and create an outline for your project. Think about all aspects of your culture including languages, literature, arts, food, clothing, religion, and other factors that differentiates your culture. Then take this information and explain how your culture is represented and fits into the United States.
  • Some questions that you may want to consider:
    • Are there any holidays celebrated in the US that were generated by your culture?
    • Are there any foods that are ethnic to your culture?
    • What do you appreciate most about your culture?
    • What makes your culture unique?

What you need to do

  • Brainstorm and create an outline using Inspiration.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation to present to class. This presentation will be approximately two minutes in length. Include artifacts and other visual aids for props. You will need to discuss at least 5 different aspects of your culture.

Timeline for activities
  1. Research your culture in class. Look up all different aspects of your culture.
  2. HW: Talk with your family at home and find out more detailed information about what aspects you follow and participate in. Apply what you learned from your research and ask your family if they are familiar with some of the information that may have been surprising to you.
  3. Start brainstorming and create your outline using Inspiration in class. Organize your findings and information in order to prepare yourself to create the PowerPoint. You can use any form of organization, but make sure to use a consistent format and include images in some form when creating your outline.
  4. HW: Start gathering visual aids to use for your project. This can include images found online, pictures, stamps, clothing, or any appropriate artifacts you may come across at home or elsewhere.
  5. Begin working on your PowerPoint in class. You will have 2 days in classtime and homework to work on this. You will need to make sure you are on task in order to be prepared, have this completed in time. Make sure to take advantage of class time to ask questions as they may arise.

Helpful Resources

Illinois Learning Standards
  • STATE GOAL 18: Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the United States.
    • A. Compare characteristics of culture as reflected in language, literature, the arts, traditions and institutions.
      • Middle/Junior High School
        • 18.A.3 Explain how language, literature, the arts, architecture and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.
    • C. Understand how social systems form and develop over time.
      • Middle/Junior High School
        • 18.C.3b Explain how diverse groups have contributed to U.S. social systems over time.
  • NETS For Students 2007
    • 2. Communication and Collaboration
      • Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
        • a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
        • b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
        • c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
        • d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

    • 3. Research and Information Fluency
      • Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
        • a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
        • b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
        • c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
        • d. process data and report results.

    • 6. Technology Operations and Concepts
      • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
        • a. understand and use technology systems.
        • b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
        • c. troubleshoot systems and applications.
        • d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.


Rubrics for grading



Conclusion

After completing this project you will have learned about the cultures of your classmates. You will be able to compare the similarities and differences between all the cultures you have learned about. This project should have created a better understanding of the many cultures that exist in our country and around the world. We should all appreciate and enjoy the cultures of our world.


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Works Cited

Q, Partick. Globe. Photograph. Flickr.com. Web.

Khan, Seema. Cultures of the World. 2010. Photograph. Lisle.

Rick. Fmily Tree. Photograph. Flickr.com.​