I like to start the year off by exposing the students to some general themes about other cultures and getting them to "think globally." This unit is a collection of a variety of activities. I begin with world maps of hunger vs. arable land. I have students define human geography, share where they have traveled abroad, and then speak about culture shock. I then use three religious ritual examples of washing to demonstrate how cultures are both different and similar. I provide examples of cultural relativism and ethnocentrism, ending with rites of passages and the acculturation of signs and symbols.These are all in a powerpoint with videos and images.