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Sacred Stories of Native Americans

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A Native America in the Classroom collection provides six videos and support materials about indigenous peoples who lived throughout North, Central, and South America. Young historians are introduced to Incan and Hopi origin stories, a...
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Kabuki: The People's Dramatic Art

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the kabuki form of Japanese classical theater performance and its reflection of the historical evolution of Japanese government and culture. As the first dramatic performance form catering to the common people, kabuki is shaped...
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AP Human Geography Comparative World Religions Project

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The guidelines and graphic organizer of this resource are great tools for beginning a comparative religions project with your class! After completing an information sheet comparing six major world religions (Judaism, Confucianism,...
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World Religions

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Support your class members in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of cultures and perspectives around the globe with a project on world religions.
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Compare and Contrast Cultures

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Using informational text to make cross cultural comparisons is a great way to build a global understanding and comparative analysis skills. With several handy worksheets and a Venn diagram the class will read to make cross textual...
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What Is Culture?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the complexity of culture with this rich and comprehensive lesson plan, which will prompt your learners to think critically and respectfully discuss our current definitions of culture, and how those definitions might evolve.
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Of Cultural Riches

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
In what ways do immigrant cultures influence American culture? Young historians explore cultural diffusion and diversity in the United States, and interview peers to discuss shared and unique cultural experiences.
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Folk and Popular Culture

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Good enough for a college class, this resources discusses multiple aspects pertaining to the issues with globalization and the differences between pop and folk culture. It defines major terminology, provides concrete examples, and...
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Islamic Art

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Did you know that the English word paradise comes from the Persian word pairidiz which means an enclosed park? This 76-slide PowerPoint introduces viewers to Islamic art, architecture, and religious beliefs. Designed to prepare learners...
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Religion: Location, Diffusion, and Cultural Landscape

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Clear and well-organized presentations are hard to come by. Luckily, here you'll find excellent information of the location, diffusion, and cultural landscape of each of the world's seven major religions. A truly helpful resource for...
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Cultural Diversity

For Teachers Higher Ed
Introducing the topic of cultural diversity and the social issues surrounding it, this presentation will get your students thinking about stereotypes involving race, gender, and sexual orientation. Affirmative action and positive and...
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Bless Me, Ultima: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"The orange of the golden carp appeared at the edge of the pond. . ." The second session in a 10-instructional activity unit study of Bless Me, Ultima examines the cultural and historic context of the novel. Just as Antonio struggles...
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Cultural Research Activity

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Class members explore cultural diversity through a variety of texts that showcase the importance of traditions. Then, they interview their family members to research their own cultural background and write their findings on quilt pieces....
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Religion in Culture & Politics: Women’s empowerment in Syria

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What defines a woman as empowered, and how does this definition compare to the ideas and actions of a group of Muslim women in Syria? After watching a series of video clips from a documentary film about a school for girls in Damascus,...
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Respect: Race, Religion, and Culture

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Honor the medley of races, religions, and cultures that make up our world with a discussion-based lesson designed to showcase the beauty that is the similarities and differences amongst us. 
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Beliefs in Traditional African Religions

For Students 6th - 10th
While there are a few aspects of this worksheet missing, it can absolutely be useful and suit your African religions study. A worksheet is split into 3 parts: "before you read," "while you read," and "after you read." There is a chart...
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The Mother Culture of Mexico: The Olmecs

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders study the Olmec civilization. They develop a map of Mexico and a map of the area of the Olmec civilization. They research Olmec art, religion, and architecture. They construct Olmec symbols including giant heads, altars,...
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Late Antique, Early Jewish and Christian Art

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Early Jewish and Christian art and architecture are featured in a 70-slide presentation designed for AP art history and humanities classes. In addition to the images, tenets of both religions, and maps of the regions are included.
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Why Is Cultural Diversity a Positive Thing?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
From more empathetic individuals to greater tolerance in government, learners explore the benefits of a culturally diverse world through a series of collaborative, discussion-based activities. 
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Islamic Art; Exploring the Visual Arts of the Middle East

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The intent of this unit is to demonstrate some of the traditional arts of the Middle East. Extensive background information on the religion, culture, and nature of Islamic art found throughout the Middle East is provided. Each of the...
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7th Grade World Religions Research Worksheet

For Students 7th
A perfect resource to guide your young research analysts as they dive into a paper about any one of the major world religions. It includes very basic questions that pertain to the information necessary to compose a good expository paper...
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Global Music Patterns- Islamic Art

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students compose music using Islamic patterns. In this cultural arts lesson, students examine Islamic art and analyze the patterns. Students incorporate various Islamic patterns into a musical composition.
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Mapping Cultural Universals

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students identify the correlations between many nations.  In this geographic culture lesson, students create maps based on nationalities, languages and religions.  Students present their maps to the class.
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Understanding Mayan Culture

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners study an ancient culture in Mexico whose people were called the Mayans. They compare certain aspects of Mayan culture with Ancient Egypt. They discuss why some other ancient cultures (Egypt and China) were able to survive for...
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Crusades and Culture in the Middle Ages

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Crusades sounds like a glamorous time period in the Middle Ages full of glory—but was it? Scholars find and review the truth of the Crusades' influence on the world through the resource. The study guides, separated individually by...
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Finding out about Gallery 33

For Students 8th - 12th
While these worksheets are specific for use while visiting the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, they could be used to guide nearly any museum trip. Questions focus on human activity, symbolism, culture, religion, and society as they...
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Diversity - Grade 9

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders consider the diversity of the First Nations cultures in Canada. In this cultural diversity lesson, 9th graders research the cultural groups of the First Nations and share their findings with their classmates.
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Storytelling and Folklore

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Stories are passed down orally in many cultures. Learn about the ways that storytelling can shape a society with a reading passage about Native American folklore and myths. After they finish reading, kids complete five reading...
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One Mountain, Many Cultures

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Americans may think of Mount Everest as a region dedicated to adventurous hikers, but many cultures have flourished there! Learners read informative books, watch videos, participate in classroom discussion, analyze folk tales, and...
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Cultural Diversity

For Teachers 10th - 12th
In this cultural diversity worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer questions and answer 14 fill in the blank questions regarding the components of culture.
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Cultural Contact and Exchange

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders discuss "culture" and "popular culture." They select from a list of examples of "popular culture" a topic for research. Students share their results with their classmates. The post assessment piece of this assignment asks...
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Slave Culture during the Age of Jackson

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students consider slave culture during the time of Andrew Jackson. In this lesson plan on slavery, students watch a PowerPoint presentation, take notes, then analyze an extensive list of primary sources in order to understand what and...
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Religions of the World

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A perfect resource for encouraging an understanding of the world's religions and note taking skills. Text is broken into a classic note taking style, ideal for teaching good habits. Content includes a break down of major religions,...
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Comparative Religions: Islam

For Students 7th - 10th
Engage theologians through online text resources during this comparative religions activity. Designed to interact with the online Glencoe text World History, there are many free tools on this site that stand alone. Scholars read the...
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Religion in Culture & Politics: Women’s empowerment in Syria

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learners determine their own perspective on women's empowerment then compare it to how it is seen in Syria. They watch a four documentary clips, discuss what they've seen, then answer two short essay questions. Excellent resource links...
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The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a...
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Islam: History, Values, and Culture

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Providing a thorough outline in the first few slides, this presentation takes viewers through the history and characteristics of Islam. Especially helpful are the slides that clear up common misconceptions about Islam, such as the...
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The Eyes Have It: Learning About Cultures Using Photos

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars focus on determining what the characteristics of culture are. They look for these characteristics in a set of photos. They complete a worksheet imbedded in this plan.
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Trade Spreads Indian Religions and Culture

For Teachers 11th - 12th
India's religion and cultural practices spread as trade and desire for their resources increased. Examine the shifts in Buddhism, Hinduism, and regional cultures that came with the spread of Indian trade. This presentation could be an...
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A New Urban Culture

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Life changed drastically in America at the turn of the century. Discover the music, literature, social issues and reforms related to the urban culture associated with mass immigration from Eastern European countries. 
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Feudal Japan

For Teachers 7th - 10th
An excellent overview of historical Japanese culture, this presentation could carry through a world history unit or a lesson on the history of Japan. Especially interesting are the slides that compare Japanese armor and castles to other...
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The Five Pillars of Islam

For Teachers 10th - 12th
In order to better understand Muslim civilization, culture, and politics one must first familiarize themselves on the 5 Pillars of Islam, ideas which dominate much of Muslim societal and cultural norms. Provide your learners with a...
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Collage and Photomontage

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders discuss collage and photomontage techniques and artists, and how the art form can convey cultural or current issues. They research a collage artist, then design a topical or personally symbolic collage. Present their...
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Lesson: From Dark to Light

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Art and culture go hand-in-hand. And, each works to represent the beliefs of its creators. Looking at the hand-carved piece Death Cart, learners explore the nature of Holy Week processions. They examine the piece, research the practice...
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African Ideas of the Afterlife and Beloved

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students examine African cultural ideas about death and the afterlife by reading and answering questions about passages from Beloved.
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Islamic Society: A Lesson in Surrender

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the third pillar of Islam. They discover the influence of Islamic ideas and practices on other cultures, Explore the various meanings of social group and the ways that each group functions. Then, they research the...
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Values and Practices of the Faith

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After watching a PBS film titled "Frontline: Muslims," students analyze various quotes from the film with a graphic organizer. Several categories, including "Individual Expressions of Faith," "Unity and Diversity Among Muslims," and...
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Cultural Common Ground Gets Harder to Come By

For Students 7th - 8th
Fractured or fragmented? Are Americans at risk of losing a common culture? Has the seemingly infinite number of choices available to American media users created cultural divides or given people a chance to experience a wide variety of...
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Cultural Maps

For Students 5th - 6th
In this Indian culture instructional activity, students use the map of the percentage of Hindus in India for 1951. Students then use the map and key to answer the questions about the percentages of populations based on the geography.
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African Influences in Brazilian Music

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Brazilian music, culture, and religion have been heavily influenced by African's who were brought to South America during the time of slave trading. This presentation covers the blending of two cultures which resulted in Afro-Brazilian...
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Confucianism in a Changing Society

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A great lesson promotes thoughtful discussion, global perspectives, and links between economics and culture. Learners view four clips showing how Confucian teachings have shaped Chinese culture and how filial piety plays a role in...
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Life in Rome

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Do you ever wonder what was life like in Ancient Rome? Wonder no longer, this slide show is here to answer your questions about ancient Roman clothing, food, religion, social structure, government, and education. Each slide provides an...
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Personal and Civic Values in Islam

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners compare and contrast values expressed by contemporary Muslims to those expressed in the Quran. They link values expressed by contemporary Muslims to primary sources from early Islamic history and explain how these values relate...
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Western Civilizations, Chapter 2: Gods and Empires in the Ancient Near East

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Ancient Hebrew history comes to life through this online western civilizations tool, which follows history in detail from ancient origins to modern-day. Chapter two covers ancient eastern cultures, including beginnings of Hebrew...
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How have world religions shaped who I am today?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students analyze changing and competing interpretations of issues, events, and developments throughout world history. They analyze the roles and contributions of individuals and groups in cultural and religious practices and activities.
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Culture and Food and Ritual, Oh My!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a fantastic lesson that integrates the culture, food, and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The class discusses what they know about the holidays typically associated with each of the three religions, then they analyze...
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Classical Civilizations: The Rise of States and Empires

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
History is full of great empires rising to power—and falling into dust. But what does religion and a society's belief system have to do with a civilization's fate? A thorough explanation of the impact of world religions on their...
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Gender Roles in Jewish and Muslim Cultures

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Gender roles and religious practices can be a very interesting and complex subject to teach. Luckily, you have found an excellent resource that includes links, vocabulary, and a great set of activities. Learners will discuss cultural...
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Essential Everyday Bravery

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare's plays may be old, but they still have relevant lessons for today's world! A collection of lesson plans uses examples from The Merchant of Venice and District Merchants to teach about bravery. In addition to learning...
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Judaism Hanukkah

For Students 5th Standards
Winter time is full of holiday celebrations around the world, including Hanukkah. Learners briefly read about the history of the Jewish holiday and the traditions of the culture before responding to 10 reading comprehension questions.
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World History Medieval and Early Modern Times

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
A slew of graphic organizers, worksheets, and student activities are packaged here for your world history pupils. From comparing and contrasting the Qur'an and Sunnah, studying cultural diffusion across eastern nations, or examining the...
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H.A.V.P.A. - 10th Grade (Islamic and Judaic Cultures)

For Teachers 7th - 12th
In-depth and thorough, this presentation details the histories and main characteristics of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. A "Who," "what" and "where" slide helps to provide young scholars with a learning objective and context for the...
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Introduction to Europe's Languages & Religions

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The question posed to the class is, "What makes a group?" The answer to that question results in a better understanding of the nature of culture. Race, location, religion, language, and group identification are explored as children pair...
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World Creation Myths

For Students 9th - 12th
After reading creation myths from around the world, use this quiz to test your learners. Five different myths are covered in a multiple-choice format. Increase your scholars' global awareness by studying world literature and cultural myths.
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Lesson: Soapin' It Up

For Teachers K - 5th
A Japanese Shinto deity from the early 900s inspires youngsters to think symbolically. They analyze the carved sculpture, the techniques used to create it, and its cultural or symbolic meaning. Then, they design and carve a symbolic...
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Discovering New Perspectives on Life

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the experiences of a Peace Corps volunteer. In this global studies instructional activity, students listen to the story of a volunteer about the lessons he learned during his time in Morocco. Students discuss how they...
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Belief Systems Along the Silk Roads

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners examine cultural diffusion. In this Silk Road lesson, students research primary sources to compare and contrast the religious beliefs encountered and shared by those who traded along the Silk Road route.
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Exploring European Countries

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Your class members will each explore a European country of their choice and report back to the class using a creative PowerPoint or Prezi. They will not only include a basic introduction to the country, but also what they discovered...
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The Hopi Origin Story

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Help learners connect with the idea of being centered as they explore the Hopi origin story. The Hopi people believe their Creator called them up out of the earth and told them to journey until they found a center space they could call...
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Survival of Native American Culture

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students research the five tribes of the Iroquois Nation focusing on housing, food, clothing, transportation, religion, and language. They research using Internet sources and book mark sites for reuse.
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Comparing Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use the Internet to discover the cultures and customs of Nepal, Japan, or the Mentawai tribe of Indonesia. They compare their customs to customs in the US. They write paragraphs imagining that they are visiting people of these...
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Origins of Civilization - India - The Empire of Spirit 2/6

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Travel to the Indian countryside to see how Indian culture evolved. In part two the caste system, the Vedas, and the teachings of Krishna are introduced. A wonderful look into the spiritual life and ritual of Indian culture.
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Exploring 9/11 in Historical, Cultural and International Context: Why Here, Why Us, Why Now?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the international conflicts that might have caused the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In groups, they research the similarities and differences between the three major religions and how they connect to 9/11. To end the...
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Shintoism

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Take a trip to Japan in this bright and vivid presentation that displays the philosophies  and traditions of Shintoism. Pictures of temples, shrines, and theater productions will enthrall your class and bring their study of world...
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Asia Powerpoint

For Teachers 7th - 10th
The first half of this presentation discusses three main Asian empires from 1200 - 1605 (Mongol, Ottoman, Mughal) and their attributes. The slides then progress into Chinese and Japanese cultures, religions, and inventions. This...
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Clash of Cultures and Marching North

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Each of the 23 slides that comprise this presentation are intended to enhance or support lessons on shifts in religion and the colonization of the Americas. Students are guided through the changes in religion that ultimately lead to the...
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What are the Central Beliefs of the Hindu Religion?

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Hinduism is a vast and intricate belief system in which economic, religious, cultural, and societal norms are drawn. However, this presentation is narrow and intended as a quick glance at the central beliefs of an intriguing culture.
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Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Africa was home to many great ancient civilizations, this presentation covers aspect of 4 of them. Middle schoolers explore aspects of civilizations from Nubia, Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. Topics covered are achievements, culture, great...
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Religion and Globalization

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the influence of religious values in global perspectives. In this global issues lesson, students research noted articles and documents about globalization, discuss the implications of living in a global society, and...
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Shizuko’s Daughter: K-W-L

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What would your class like to learn about Japanese culture? Prepare them for a novel unit about Kyoko Mori's Shizuko's Daughter with a KWL chart. After listing what they already know about Japanese culture, they write questions about...
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Culture, Race & Ethnicity

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Is there a difference between culture, race, and ethnicity? In order to celebrate Harmony Day and cultural diversity, your class will brainstorm, discuss, and discover that there is. The class splits into three groups, each group is...
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World History and Geography: The Sumerians

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sometimes sixth graders may learn about a time in ancient history, but never get a grasp of the geography. This plan will ensure that doesn't happen. It includes 18 tasks that build on each other to enhance learning about ancient...
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The Monkey Dance: Exploring Balinese Culture

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore Balinese culture. In this Balinese integrated fine arts instructional activity, students listen to a podcast of "The Monkey Dance," taking notes about important features of the dance. Students participate in a jigsaw...
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Introduction to the Rich European Jewish Culture

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the culture of rich, European Jews. Using photographs, they discuss their feelings about them and decide on two they would like to use. They respond to questions found on the analysis guide. They research the music of...
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The Holy Land

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Explore the culture, geography, and religion of Ethiopia. Learners complete a viewing guide while watching a film on Ethiopia as the first Christian country in Africa. Additionally, they create group presentations and write paragraphs...
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The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Allusions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
An allusion can help a writer get a complex idea across with just a few words by tapping into shared cultural knowledge and memory. Examine this phenomenon in Robinson Jeffers' poems "To the House" and "Hooded Night." Learners discuss...
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On Being Hindu...and American

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore the concept of acculturation. In this cultural diversity lesson, students examine how second generation Hindu-Americans have adjusted to life in the United States.
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Islam

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider cultural diversity. In this Islam lesson, students discuss what they know about the religion and then conduct further research on Muslim practices. Students share their findings and discuss cultural diversity.
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Exploring Islamic Lands

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students explore the culture of the Middle East. In this Islamic culture lesson, students conduct research to create personal narratives that reveal what life is like in the Middle East for Islamic teens today.
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Dude, Where's My Karma?

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students research various aspects of Indian culture. They create a Book of Knowledge about India. In a second activity they research the history behind any game. They make presentations and play the different games during Game Day.
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Introductory Lesson: Greece

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students get a taste of Greek culture. For this Greece lesson, students participate in activities that require them to study the religion, music, food, clothing, and history of Greece.
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Seeing the World in New Ways

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine their own history to expand how they examine the world. They research being a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. They also examine Muslim culture.
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Physical Education Unit Plan: Soccer - Lesson 3

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Lesson three of this unit focuses on multiculturalism in soccer.  Begin class by showing video clips of soccer in other countries. This instructional activity includes a link to Rwandan youth playing soccer in an open space.  Playing...
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Islam: Submission to the Will of Allah

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Presenting both a thorough scope of the foundations of Islam, as well as a question about Islam in America after 9/11, this slideshow provides a comprehensive outline of the background and five pillars of Islam. Viewers will walk away...
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Global Literature: Nectar In A Sieve

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students write a persuasive essay explaining how religion and/or spirituality serves as both a guide and a source of conflict for both an individual and their culture. They develop a definition for the terms spiritual and religious...
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Pakistan: Country and Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the culture and history of Pakistan. In this Pakistan lesson, students compare their lives to the live of Pakistanis as they locate it geographically and research the lives of teens there. Students examine the culture of...
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Race, Religion, and Culture

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
Accepting others as individuals regardless of differences in appearances, languages, and interests is an important life skill for youngsters to acquire. The activities provided in this resource will support learners as they explore the...
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Understanding Europe: A Cultural Mosaic (Theme 1)

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss the cultural similarities and differences found in Northen Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe and create daily journal entries charting their discoveries. This lesson is the First Part in a Four...
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English II Group Poster Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Begin a world literature course with a project that asks groups to select, research, and create a presentation that introduces class members to another culture.  Not only does the assignment provide background for works to be read during...
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Living in our Family

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students study the language, heritage, traditions, and customs of other cultures by becoming member of simulated families in other parts of the world.
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Tripitaka Korea

For Teachers 7th - 12th
National treasures of cultural significance are always wonderful to share with learners. Expose them to the world's largest collection of woodblock text, the Tripitaka. It's a collection of 80,000 woodblocks containing the entire...
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The Teotihuacan Fire Ceremony

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Fire and light play an almost universal role in world religions, and the predecessors for the Aztecs were no exception. Using an animation, the enlightening video recreates the Teotichuacan Fire Ceremony with rich details and features...
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Lesson Plan for Japan

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
The effect of cultural beliefs on the progress and industrialization of a society is an interesting idea to consider, and this is certainly true in this lesson on feudal Japan. Your young historians will read informational texts on...
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Getting to Know Each Other

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
How do you do? Guide learners through the basics of conversational English with an extensive set of discussion questions. Class members ask partners more about themselves, including their favorite hobbies, music, and time of day, as well...
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The Ming Dynasty

For Teachers 7th - 9th
The Ming Dynasty marked a time of change in Chinese history, the Mongols were out and a new empire began.This presentation describes the major achievements and changes that developed during the Ming Dynasty such as art, technology, and...
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World History and Geography: Ancient Greek Civilizations

For Teachers 6th Standards
Have an Olympic Games coming up? Explain the history of the games while also teaching about Ancient Greek culture and civilizations. A scaffolded set of 24 tasks enhances learning and active engagement with the material in any classroom.
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Writing Exercises: The Spread of Islam V

For Students 7th - 9th
Uncovering all there is to know about the spread of Islam, learners answer three critical thinking questions along the way. They describe how Islam is linked to Eastern and Western cultures, how non-Muslims were treated during the Golden...
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Religious Studies

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between religion and religious studies? Readers find out after reading an online handout. It outlines common assignments in religious studies classes, such as critically evaluating religious texts and writing...
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Jewish Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the Jewish culture by listening to a guest speaker who discuss holidays, religion, and key events. They recognize and write various vocabulary words to describe one Jewish Holiday in their journals.
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Climate and Cultures of Africa

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students gain an understanding of the relationship between climate and culture in the sub- Saharan Africa. Students will complete short exercises pertaining to the various cultures of Africa and the climate in which they live....
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American Political Culture

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Examine American political culture with your scholars using this self-assessment lesson. Individuals rate a list of 14 values from highest to lowest, including ideas such as financial security, right to private property, justice,...
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A Brief History of Religion in Art

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Did you know that some languages have no word for art? The English language does and the narrator of this short video discusses the aesthetic dimension of religious art as it "visually communicates meaning beyond language." 
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The Three Major Monotheistic Religions

For Teachers 8th - 10th
This activity gives students an opportunity to learn about the three major monotheistic religions in a fun and challenging way, while also allowing them to hone their library research skills. Students research one of the three religions....
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Come On Over To Maya Place

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders analyze the Mayan culture. In this Mayan culture lesson, 5th graders study the Mayan culture noting similarities and differences between the Mayan culture and their own. Students examine hieroglyphic writing and the Mayan...
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Character Counts

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine children around the world and examine how the lives of children vary from culture to culture. In small groups they conduct Internet research on a selected area of the world, and create a presentation in the form of a...
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Using Connecting Themes in First Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Foster contributing members of society with a social studies unit focused on five aspects of community. First graders discuss themes of culture, groups, location, scarcity, and change with discussion questions and activities about...
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Using Artifacts for Clues About Identity

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Learn about the ancient Near East through a close examination of ancient artifacts. Lead your class into analysis by first observing an artifact as a class. Pupils can then work in pairs to analyze the other artifacts and compile a list...
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The Americas and Time Keeping: Crash Course History of Science #5

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Time, time, time ... see how it shaped an entire culture! Science scholars discover the mysteries of the Mayan and Incan cultures during the fifth video in a History of Science series. The narrator shows how these time keepers developed...
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Diversity

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Eighty-seven percent of people living in the United Kingdom identify as white, and some of those struggle to understand the importance of diversity in society. Scholars use presentations, discussions, and activities to address diversity...
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The Ancient Civilization of Mali

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Students explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali lesson, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover...
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The Roman Empire Ch 6

For Teachers 8th - 11th
The Roman empire didn't sprout up over night. It grew from a collapsing republic and economic turmoil. Time line the events leading up to the rise of the Roman empire with this 10 slide presentation. Topics covered are military upheaval,...
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Africa, India, and the new British Empire: 1750-1870

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Colonization, imperialism, invasion, and the expansion of the British Empire into Africa, India, and Asia are all covered here. This presentation highlights major events, rebellions, and cultural changes that came from British...
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The Story of India - The Meeting of Two Oceans - 2/6

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Muslims came into India and by the end of the 12th century had begun military conquest. Part two of this six-part series focuses on political, religious, and cultural influences brought by the spread of Islam into India.
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2000 Years of Chinese History! The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
John Green summarizes the ebb and flow of dynasties in 2000 years of ancient Chinese history up to the Chinese Revolution of 1911. He discusses the development and influence of the mandate of heaven, as well as an overview of...
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Politics and Religion in 17th Century Dutch Art

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine different pieces of Dutch Art. They identify its social and political meanings by using cultural and historical information. They examine maps of the time period as well.
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Pilgrimage: Mission

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the concept of a mission as it relates to religion? Your young historians will consider the missions of various world religions and their traditions. They will then write a persuasive essay arguing the overarching effect of a...
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Jewish Assimiliation in Contemporary American Literature

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students read a collection of stories and watch videos to learn about the Jewish assimilation in American literature. In this American literature activity, students watch videos about Judaism, read stories from a contemporary Jewish...
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AIH-14: Changes to American Indian Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore American Indian cultures and changes caused by European exploration in North America.
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The Affects of Environment on Native American Culture

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research the culture of the Native Americans.  In this U.S. History lesson, students are given the major geological areas where the Indians lived prior to the arrival of the Europeans, then they create a notebook that compares...
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One World, Many Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine the components of culture. They identify those components as either material or non-material. They research different cultures around the world and share their information with the class.
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Understanding Native American Culture

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore Native American culture. In this early Americans lesson, 9th graders will visit several stations around the room and examine native American artifacts then draw comparisons to other cultures. Students will then...
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A Nation of Many Cultures

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners create a presentation about themselves to share with the class. They include information from their family and their heritage. They compare and contrast their culture to their classmates.
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American Culture in a Musical Setting

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students discover the significance of similarities and contrasts of three separate cultures of the United States through music. They take out maps and trace the expedition of the Spanish along the coasts of Mexico and North and South...
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Cultural Riches

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine culture and how immigrants adapt to American culture while contributing elements of their various cultures to that of the United States.
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Cultures and Cuisines WebQuest

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create and present a powerpoint presentation.  In this cultures and cuisines research lesson, students select a country, interview someone from that country and visit a restaurant from that country.  Students complete research...
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The Story of India - The Power of Ideas - 2/6

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Meet the Buddha as he seeks enlightenment, you will see the actual tree where the Buddha sat. This introduction leads us into the depth of Indian history and religion.
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Japan: Yesterday and Today

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study the geography and culture of Japan and discover important historical events. They look at the religions of Japan. They determine similarities and differences in the lives of teenagers in Japan and the US. They read and...
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Country: Afghanistan

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students conduct Internet research to discover the history, culture and religion of Afghanistan. They visit a student-created site that includes a quiz and word search.
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A Survey of Ancient Religions

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine ancient religions of Confucianism and Buddhism. Pupils prepare a K-W-L chart, Venn Diagram and participate in think-pair-share activities. Classmates compare and contrast Confucianism and Buddhism. They explore the...
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Frontline Muslims: Overview of Muslim History and the Spread of Islam from the 7th to the 21st century

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Students gain insight into how and when Islam was spread to various regions from the 7th century to today. They are able to identify and asses the importance of cultural and political factors in the spread of Islam and the effect it has...
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Introductory Lesson: Welcome to Spain

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars get a taste of Spanish culture. In this Spain lesson, students participate in 5 activities that require them to study the religion, music, food, clothing, and history of Spain.
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Commemorative Stamp Contest

For Students 6th - 9th
In this Islamic culture worksheet. students complete an activity that requires them to create commemorative stamp designs that feature the Islamic culture.
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United We Stand

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study Muslim wedding celebrations. They explore Muslim culture and wedding celebrations around the world. Students discuss vows, symbols, and traditions. They create wedding costumes and reenact part of a wedding ceremony.
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Issues in Public Education During the Kentucky Civil Rights Era

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct oral history interviews and research historical and contemporary media articles about multiculturalism and diversity.
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Bullying Around Racism, Religion and Culture

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia. How to counter prejudice-driven bullying in schools is the focus of a packet of materials that provides information and advice on how to respond to and prevent bullying, materials for in-service and...
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Divali (Diwali) Festival and Threshold Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Divali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. Upper graders explore cultural aspects of the festival and then create traditional labyrinth-style threshold art. They conduct research on the festival to better understand the significance of this...
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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!): Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do Ebenezer Scrooge, the Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman have in common? They're all characters from beloved holiday movies that viewers revisit in the play Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). Scholars conduct research...
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Pre-World War II European Jewish Life Photo Project

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars are engaged in both the individuality of Jewish lives affected by or lost in the Holocaust and the cumulative effects of the Holocaust on their communities. They concentrate on exploring the normalcy (religious, cultural,...
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Kennewick Man: Science and Sacred Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Have respect for the dead!" Scholars investigate how science and religion often clash. As they look into the laws of science and the laws of religion, the legal ramifications at the federal level of both play into an argument they...
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Native American Music: Section 2

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Take a look into the many facets, purposes, and styles of Native American music. Each slide in this well-organized presentation provides clear introductory information on the forms and functions of American tribal music. Use it to...
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Islam Expands: In spite of internal conflicts, the Muslims create a huge empire that includes land on three continents.

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Beginning with a vocabulary review and ending with the Muslim Trade Network, this well-put-together presentation covers the events that lead to the spread of Islam. Also covered are internal conflicts which would provide a good...
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Mayan Culture Logbook

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students use the Internet to research Mayan culture, religion and economics. They develop a logbook to record their research.
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Confucianism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the beliefs and history of the religion by studying mythology and sayings. They compare the beliefs of Confucian culture to American culture and share their information as class by an informal teacher lead...
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Europe – Religion and Reformation

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the Reformation. For this European history lesson, 9th graders explore the 95 theses of Martin Luther and discuss the reaction of the Roman Catholic Church to his ideas. Students then take a quiz based on the lesson.
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The Art of Nonviolence: Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and Concepts of Nonviolence in Indian Art

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students make connections between nonviolent ideals and art. In this visual arts lesson, students discuss the successes of the American Civil Rights Movement and discuss Gandhi's influence on the movement. Students then examine images of...
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Holy Week in Spain

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore Spanish culture by listening to a lecture in class. In this religious celebration lesson, students discuss the Holy Week in Spain and the similarities between Spanish and American religious appreciation. Middle...
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Islam in America

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners explore religion and culture. In this Social Studies lesson plan, students recognize differences in both the Muslim and global communities. Learners will explore new vocabulary and engage in 6 different activities.
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Gala Fiesta Jamboree

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Research world geography with a cultural tradition instructional activity. Learners read informational text about American Indians, Buddhists, Hindu, and other collections of people around the world. They discuss their holiday...
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The Far Reaches of Greek Culture

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders study the culture of Greece.  In this World History instructional activity, 9th graders research specific data in relation to Greece.  Students create a presentation of their findings for their class.  
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My Culture

For Students 8th - 9th
In this culture worksheet, students answer ten short-answer questions about their own culture then write about the major cultural influences in their lives.
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Benefits of Olive Trees and Olive Oil in Greek Culture

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate olive trees and olive oil. In this Greek culture lesson students view primary source images of ancient Greek culture and the uses of olive oil and olive trees. The students have an olive oil tasting.
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Israel

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
The class creates and performs a movement performance of the creation story found in the Jewish tradition. This instructional activity begins with the research of Israeli culture and culminates in a performance of the narrated creation...
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Making Rangoli: A Celebration of Color

For Teachers K - 12th
Threshold art is a temporary art form practiced by Hindu people all over India. Your class can learn all about the goddess Lakshmi, the cultural significance of threshold art, and how to make floor paintings. First, they explore the...
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Islamic Faith and Discrimination

For Teachers 4th - 7th
After the events on 9/11 many Muslim-Americans experienced discrimination because of their ethnicity and faith. Help break the cycle of ignorance by educating your students on the history, religion, and beliefs of a different culture....
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Introduction to World Religions

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders compare and contrast the world religions. In this cultural practices instructional activity, 6th graders locate places in the world where Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam are practiced. 
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Art to Zoo: India-Where Remarkable Differences Are Ordinary

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Young scholars "visit" India to learn about its culture and the lives of children in India. In this India instructional activity, students conduct research and report on the lives of Indian children in the form of a mock interview...
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Bengali Scroll Paintings

For Teachers 1st - 10th
Students, after researching diverse cultures, art forms, and celebrations around the world, explore and study India's Hindu population that celebrates Diwali with colorful scrolls. They make similar paintings and assess this cultural art...
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Zoom-In: What is a Mosaic?

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders design mosaics that reflect their school's culture. In this visual arts lesson, 3rd graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress where they compare mosaics of the past to the cultures...
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Simulation on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
How do you solve a conflict that's been around for so many years? Scholars discover the viewpoints of stakeholders in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during an emotionally charged simulation. A facilitator moderates discussions between...
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Culture - Unit on Religion and Globalization

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students examine the impact of religious beliefs on perspectives about globalization. They watch and discuss a video, identify the role of the International Monetary Fund, read and discuss articles, and write an essay.
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The Effects of Limited Space on a Culture

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students predict the impact of population density on shelter, transportation, recreation, land use, and social skills and then research that impact on Japan. They write a response about the impact of population density on food...
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Map Activity - Japan’s Warrior Government

For Teachers 6th - 10th
A discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of living on a island launches a mapping activity that reveals how Japan's military and cultural history were influenced by the nation's geographic location and topography.
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Krishna's Childhood

For Teachers K - 8th
Cultures have their own young heroes who not only represent the values of that culture but teach those values as well. As part of their introduction to Hindu culture, elementary and middle schoolers read stories from the Legend of...
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Take Action Haiti

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Using an online internet simulation, learners will role-play various members of a family living in rural Haiti. The objective is to increase global awareness by requiring them to consider poverty as an obstacle to education in Haiti....
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The Story of India - The Meeting of Two Oceans - 6/6

For Teachers 6th - 12th
This video concludes this six-part series and takes the story of Islam and India full circle. Showcasing the art, architecture, and living remnants of an empire long past this clip demonstrates how India as a country and culture were...
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Unit on Religion and Globalization

For Teachers 11th - 12th
In this religion lesson, young scholars examine the role of religion and globalization. They discover the differences in attitudes toward globalization in different religions. They also examine how globalization has helped to spread...
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Cultural Symbols and the Characteristics of Place

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the cultures of ancient and modern people as reflected in their cultural symbols.
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Modern Culture

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine modern culture and compare it to other cultures around the world. They focus on items, such as computers and soda cans, that are prominent parts of their culture. They draw pictures of themselves and their parents in...
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Cultural Contact and Exchange

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the concept of cultural change. In this global studies lesson, 9th graders examine how cultures interact and impact one another. Students research the evolution of popular cultural exchanges.
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The Impact of Philosophies on Culture

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore geography through the connections to specific philosophical beliefs. In this global studies lesson plan, 6th graders describe how cultural traditions, human actions and institutions affect people's behavior and...
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Networks of Communication and Exchange: 300 BC - 1100 CE

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
A complete presentation defining, displaying, and providing rationale for the impact trade had on early societies. Beginning with the Silk Road in 300 BC and ending with the spread of Christianity to Ethiopia in 1100 CE. Topics include...
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East Timor: The World's Newest Country

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
This isn't just a hand-out or a reading passage; it's more like a mini book on the history, colonization, independence, and culture of the South East Asian country of Timor. There are extensive readings and discussion questions for...
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African Mask

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students make masks. In this African art lesson, students review background information about African art and the use of masks. Students use geometric shapes and other designs to create their masks.
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Exploring the Spirit of Islam, Ramadan, and the Hajj

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the different ways people celebrate their religions.  In this Religion instructional activity, 9th graders examine the basics of Islam.  Students create a handout on a specific topic about Islam. 
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Clash of Civilizations?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students identify common misconceptions people have about cultures different than their own. After reading an article, they discover how the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was founded. They research the misconceptions of the...
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Whose God?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars investigate religious freedom in the U.S. They watch and discuss a Bill Moyers NOW video, take a Freedom of Religion quiz, write an essay, and participate in a mock trial and debate.
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Arabic Architecture in Spain

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine Arabic architecture in Spain. They explore the principles and teachings of Islam and campare them with Catholicism. Students examine paintings and maps to understand different things about the Arab culture. Also,...
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Stand Up For Her Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars consider how different cultural and religious groups perceive girls' education. By addressing differences and identifying common ground, students attempt to arrive at a philosophy of girls' education that takes varying...
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Byzantium

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the history of today's Istanbul. In this historical perspectives lesson, students research how Byzantium became Constantinople and later Istanbul as they examine the cultures of the city and create time lines that...
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Traditional African Society

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Engaging your class in African culture and traditions, this presentation provides photographs, historical contexts, and societal structures from different African tribes. It poses discussion topics about the benefits and disadvantages of...
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Mystery of the Maya, Part 1/4

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Uncover the mystery of the Maya through a blend of recreated dramatizations, video footage, and explanatory narration. In part one of this four-part series we learn how the first scientific explorers discovered the ancient ruins deep in...
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Lesson Plan for Day Two Part One of Unit on Bless Me, Ultima

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders prepare to read Bless Me, Ultima as they study the Southwestern region of the United States. They examine the characters, setting, and culture by using context clues, and participate in a jigsaw activity.
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Enter Through the Form: Explore Japan Treasure Hunt

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Learners use the internet to take a virtual treasure hunt to Japan. Using other websites, they gather information on the country's values and beliefs along with its culture and geography. They relate Japan's culture to that of the...
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Religion, Culture, and Diversity

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students study world religions. In this diversity lesson, students interview their grandparents and other older adults about their religious beliefs and traditions. Students research world religions and discuss the diversity of cultural...
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South Korea

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers use primary and secondary resources in order to investigate the culture of South Korea. They use guiding questions that progressively lead them to higher order thinking to make connections from the information to how...
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Common Good in Aztec Culture

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the Aztec religion and its symbols. In this Aztec religion lesson, students develop understanding of why the Aztecs gave sacrifices. Students write an essay looking at the Aztec religion and can explain its...
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Ancient Egypt

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine the cultural expressions, cultural structures, and basic needs of the ancient Egyptians. They explore Egyptian religion, government, and daily lives of the various classes and how the geographical, social, and...
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Islamic Roots of Judaeo-Christian Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the stereotypes associated with the major religions of the world. Using primary sources, they summarize the information and role play various roles to the class. They participate in a debate between the different points...
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Exploring Korea's Creation Myth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Have your middle schoolers role play the Korean creation myth as they become familiar with Korean religion and culture. They will be able to recognize historical facts and influences, as well as examine how the mythic message continues...
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Culture of Pompeii

For Students 6th - 8th
In need of a worksheet that focuses on the government and culture of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii? Here you'll find 16 questions related to the government, religion, society, and culture of Pompeii, prior to the eruption of Mr....