WebQuest Title: What is Culture and How Does it Affect Me
Author: Alan Sweetland
Why Use the Internet
Scenario: One day during lunch, two students got into a fight. The fight started when one of the students made fun of the other student's lunch. The lunch was a traditional Greek meal. When the students got back to the classroom, a class meeting was held to discuss the incident. During the class discussion, the point was made that students need to respect each other's culture and heritage. One student said, "How can we respect a culture we don't really understand?" This question prompted the class to decide to go on a cultural fact finding mission. One student thought it would be fun to call themselves ëCultural Investigators.í To start off, the class decided to study Greek, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cultures.
To explore and research the cultures and customs of the countries of Southern Europe and to develop an interest in other cultures. Students will use the power of the Internet for exploration of foreign cultures. You will learn information about different aspects of these cultures and cooperatively work with your teammates to gather and share knowledge. Students will also develop a respect and tolerance of people from different cultures.
In order to complete your mission, you and your group will gather information about different aspects of each culture. To do this you will:
1. Visit Internet sites about Greek, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cultures.
2. Interview family members or people of these cultures.
3. Talk to the Art and Music teacher on your campus to get information about these cultures.
4. Visit the school's media center or public library to gather books and resources about these cultures.
5. Explore software such as Grolier's Encyclopedia, Encarta Encyclopedia, Kids' Culture and World Atlas to gather information.
6. Compare and contrast elements of cultural similarities and differences between these groups.
7. Keep a daily reflection journal to describe your feelings, impressions, questions, and comments as you research your culture.
Demonstrate your understanding of the culture you researched by sharing your knowledge with the rest of your class in a Cultural Celebration which will include:
1. A group
presentation that describes the aspects of the culture that your group
researched. This should include:
Three to five content slides that describe the aspects of the culture your
group is studying. These slides will contain:
Text describing the aspects of your culture that your group is studying.
Author's page containing digital camera photos of authors, names, and brief descriptions.
Bibliography slide that properly lists the resources used.
Remember that content is most important and should be carefully thought out, researched, and clearly presented.
2. A cultural
museum created by all of the students in your culture group that should include:
Listening Center to hear tape recorded folk tales and poetry of your culture.
Art Display containing student-created drawings, pictures, and paintings done in the style of your culture.
|Greek Resources||Italy Resources|
|>Follow Links for Cultural Information<|
|Spain Resources||(Follow Maps for Geographical Information)||Portugal Resources|
The class will be divided into four groups, each investigating a different culture.
Each culture group will assign a student with researching one aspect of that culture.
Each group will create a group presentation with slides about the culture.
Aspects of each culture to be researched will be;
Famous People or Role Models
All of the groups studying each culture will work together cooperatively to create a cultural museum detailed in the task.
Each student will be keeping a daily journal about the culture they are studying.
Self-Evaluation Questions for Students
should be answered in Reflection Journal
Was your presentation and slides appealing in appearance?
Did you have all the required elements?
Were your slides easy to understand?
How well did your group work together?
Did everyone in the group contribute equally?
Was your cultural museum interesting and appealing?
Did your group have all the required elements?
How well did your larger group work together?
Was the work equally distributed?
Congratulations! You have completed your cultural mission! Through this WebQuest you have learned about different cultures and have gained a greater understanding of the characteristics and customs of culture. Answer the following questions in your reflection journal and then share with other classmates:
How did this experience change your opinion of different cultures? Be specific.
Why is it important to respect and tolerate people's culture?
How can our class use this information to resolve any future conflicts?
What did you learn from completing this WebQuest?