Culture: 19 Graphic Organizers and 2 Activities
The nineteen culture topics, one for each organizer are:
Celebrations, Climate, Clothes, Education, Entertainment, Ethnicity, Family, Food, Freedom of Expression, Gender Roles, Jobs, Languages, Music & Dance, Religion, Shared History, Social Interactions, Social Status, Sports, and Visual Arts.
Also included is a student survey (perfect to begin a unit on culture) and a page of seven discussion topics, which are also included in short essay format, if you would prefer to use them as a written assignment (I have not included instructions in case you wish to assign a choice of the questions rather than all). The list of discussion topics can be cut up and distributed among your students.
This resource was designed with high school students in mind, but could be used with grade 8 students and would be appropriate for younger gifted students. The questions asked on the graphic organizers are meant to stimulate higher thinking and opening students’ eyes to a wider world. They can be used in any country and I have avoided using words that might be spelled differently in different countries. There are some common questions on the organizers, but each one has individual questions that relate only to that topic.
With 19 organizers, it is unlikely a student would complete all of them! They would be ideal for group work, or assigning two or three to each student and then returning to discussing their answers in class. I think they will certainly get your students talking and if you have students from different cultures in your class, that will just make it more interesting.
The last question on each graphic organizer would work well as a mini-research activity.
This resource would work well with more advanced ELLs from teenagers to adults.