CREATE-A-CULTURE is a 3-5 day mini-unit about the characteristics of cultures. It allows students to use their CREATIVITY while learning the basics about what it takes for a group of people to be considered a culture. It can be used as an introductory, concluding or review activity for the study of cultures in both World and American History. The mini-unit has three parts with the first activity being mandatory. The next two are pick and choose based on the time you have to devote to the unit. If you have optimal time, use all three activities;
The student directions are very detailed in the unit, but you can adjust them to fit your needs and time frame. I will be giving you an overview of each lesson but not detailed instructions because the student instructions are adequate.
All you need to do is hand out the directions and activity sheets for each part of the unit you assign. YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO PROVIDE LARGE DRAWING PAPER, BUTCHER PAPER OR ROLL PAPER FOR EACH STUDENT’S MURAL.
GRAPHIC ORGANIZER - Using the completed graphic organizer that provides the definitions of the characteristics, the students are to create their own graphic organizer that explains the characteristics of the culture they have created. There is an example in the student directions that shows them what to do.
This activity is mandatory.
MAGAZINE STORY - Using the graphic organizer they designed themselves, the students need to write a story of their culture for the pretend magazine WHAT’S THAT? Once again, thorough instructions are given in the student instruction sheet
PICTURE IT! - Using the graphic organizer they designed, the students will design a MURAL depicting their created culture showing daily life and the culture characteristics. Both content and artistic requirements are presented in the student instruction sheet.