Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources
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An Introduction to Claude Levi-Strauss’s Structural Anthropology
3 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Claude Levi-Strauss’s Structural Anthropology contends that distance and details separate world cultures—and not much else. High schoolers watch a short explanatory video to learn more about the theory of structuralism, the societial...
Culture Connect: Experience the Culture of the World
5th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
A rich series of activities introduces learners to the concept of culture by closely examining the behaviors, practices, and art of three distinct peoples: the Highland Maya of Guatemala, the Hmong of China and Southeast Asia, and the...
The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture
15 mins 8th - Higher Ed CCSS: Designed
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few...
Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture
8th - 12th
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest...
An Introduction to Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large
4 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How does St. Patrick's Day connect to cultural globalization? A video summary of Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large, part of the a larger playlist, discusses how new cultures have been created around the globe. Through graphics and...
Music and the American Identity/American Culture
10th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Does music unite or divide Americans? How does music reflect and influence American culture? After journaling an initial response to these central questions, groups examine primary source documents, listen and respond to a wide range of...
Comparing Modern and Ancient Ideas of Ethnicity and Identity
6th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Explore ethnicity and identity with a research and writing assignment. Class members conduct online research, looking in particular at images and carefully noting down their sources on notecards. They read about identity and compose...
"Their Eyes Were Watching God": Folk Speech and Figurative Language
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Using or considering using Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God? Then this packet is a must for your curriculum library. The examination of how Hurston combines folklore and folk language to create the voice of her...
Sa Hi Pa Ca (Once Upon a Time): Lesson Plan 2
4th CCSS: Designed
What tools do archaeologists and anthropologist use to learned about what life was like in the past. After watching West of The West's documentary Once Upon a Time that details how scientists use artifacts to establish a history of the...