I use this activity to start my foreign language classes but it would work well for Social Studies or even a psychology course. Students examine components of culture, both surface and deep and discuss what makes up a persons culture. Small group brainstorming sessions interspaced with large group share outs and individual reflections on culture, social circles and deep vs surface. Project and reflection questions at the end for students to complete at home. This lesson takes at least one class period to complete and is a great introduction to get them thinking about cultural differences and how people assimilate.
What is Culture? Activities and Discussion by Barbara Davis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License