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World Cultures 

NOTE: This course may be hazardous to your world view!


The WORLD CULTURES class is a people-centered study involving an in-depth look at the world's major cultures. The study of each of these cultures will focus upon historical and present-day culture and geography, family life and structure, social organizations, attitude on education, religious beliefs and institutions, economic life, political trends, and the intellectual and artistic accomplishments of men and women within the culture.

The purpose of this course is to help students gain an understanding of themselves as members of a global community. Through the examination of diverse world cultures, students will come to appreciate both their heritage and that of other peoples.


In addition this course will review some of the greatest challenges our world faces today. These challenges include climate change, fresh water scarcity, hunger, world population growth and global terrorism.

CURRENT EVENTS: Whenever appropriate, a part of each class will involve a discussion of important events that have occurred over the past 24 hours.
Goals of the Course
Develop an appreciation of the major features of the world’s cultures
Understand how different societies are organized and structured
Gain insight into the nature of contemporary world problems
Experience and understand the various expressions of different cultures
Develop an understanding of why cultural differences exist and how the world came to be as it is

Please remember that you are in control of your success in this class.
 Take responsibility for your work and be accountable for your actions.
DATECLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
Monday
January 30
TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS PRESENTATION: Cultural Awareness

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: New Year Webquest - PART 1 PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Tuesday
January 31
NO CLASS
Wednesday February 1TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
New Year Webquest - PART 1 PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday February 2 **TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
New Year Webquest - PART 1 PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday February 3TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Chinese New Year / Spring Festival Presentation

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: New Year Webquest - PART 2 PRESENTATIONS DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
- Skye: GERMAN SPEAKING
- Susan: JAPANESE
Monday
February 6
TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
New Year Webquest - PART 2 PRESENTATIONS DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
- Skye: GERMAN SPEAKING
- Susan: JAPANESE
Tuesday February 7NO CLASS
Wednesday February 8TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
New Year Webquest - PART 2 PRESENTATIONS DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
- Skye: GERMAN SPEAKING
- Susan: JAPANESE
Thursday February 9**TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: New Year Webquest, PART 2 Presentations

TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS
Friday February 10TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: THE BRITISH IN INDIA [Background for Lagaan]
Monday
February 13
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Tuesday February 14NO CLASS
Wednesday February 15TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Thursday February 16**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Friday
February 17
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Monday
February 20
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 21NO CLASS
Wednesday February 22TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on LAGAAN Worksheet, Part 1 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday February 23**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

NOTES: Conflict in LAGAAN
 
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on LAGAAN Worksheet, Part 2 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday February 24TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Movies as a Tool for Socialization and Persuasion (+ Making Money)
2.
Introduction to MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT
3.
GUIDELINES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT
4.
DUE DATES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT 
 
NOTES:
Movies and their Impact on Societies

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Select Country / Culture for Research by START of Class on MONDAY [1st Come, 1st Serve]
Monday
February 27
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Submit List of Issues / How Movies Affect Your Culture by END of Class on WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
February 28
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 1 TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Submit List of Issues / How Movies Affect Your Culture by END of Class
2. Select Movie for Research / Presentation by START of Class on THURSDAY
Thursday March 2**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: RESEARCH QUESTIONS 1 - 3 DUE by END of Class on FRIDAY
Friday
March 3
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 1 - 3 DUE by END of Class
2. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 4 - 6 DUE by START of Class on WEDNESDAY 
Monday
March 6
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH QUESTIONS 4 - 6 DUE by START of Class on WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
March 7
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 8 TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: PRESENTATIONS DUE FOR POSTING TO WEBSITE* at START of Class on FRIDAY 
Thursday March 9**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: PRESENTATIONS DUE FOR POSTING TO WEBSITE* at START of Class on FRIDAY
Friday
March 10
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS:
SUSAN - ITALY - Life is Beautiful

SKYE - UNITED STATES - The Pursuit of Happyness

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. PRESENTATIONS DUE FOR POSTING TO WEBSITE at START of Class TODAY
2.
PROJECT EVALUATION SHEET DUE at END of Class TODAY
Monday
March 13
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. TEN WOMEN WHO RULED THE WORLD
2. HOW WOMEN CHANGED THE WORLD

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Famous Woman Leader Assignment
- DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
2. STEP 2 - Information Sheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
3. STEP 3 - Bio-Poem
- DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Tuesday
March 14
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 15 TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Women in the 20th Century
2. Women and Leadership


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. STEP 2 - Information Sheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
2. STEP 3 - Bio-Poem
- DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday March 16**TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Introduction to The Ascent of Woman - Episode 4, REVOLUTION
2. 
The Ascent of Woman - Episode 4, REVOLUTION

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. STEP 2 - Information Sheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
2. STEP 3 - Bio-Poem
- DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY

RESEARCH LINKS:
Susan - Hatshepsut
1. HATSHEPSUT
2. A Queen in a Man's World (scroll down to bottom of page)

Skye - Queen Victoria
1. The Woman Who Redefined Britain's Monarchy
2. 5 Things You May Not Know About Queen Victoria
Friday
March 17
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sharing Information Sheets & Bio-Poems
Monday
March 20
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 2

CLASS PRESENTATION: INTRODUCTION - Women's Rights
Tuesday
March 21
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 22 TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 2

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WOMEN'S RIGHTS PROJECT - A Compendium of Unsung Women

Categories:
- Artists and Writers
- Business
- Health and Medicine 

- Science and Math
- Sports 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Assignment of Section/Category
2. Starting Points:
    a. Distinguished Women of Past and Present
    b. The World's Richest Women in 2017
3. Pick your ONE WOMAN for Research and Presentation - DUE THURSDAY
Thursday March 23**TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 2

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project [Aye yai yai, INTERNET!!]
Friday
March 24
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 2

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project [Aye yai yai, INTERNET!!]

RESEARCH LINKS:
 - Susan - ELIZABETH ARDEN
1. biography.com
2. elizabetharden.com
3. encyclopedia.jrank.org

 - Skye - SALLY RIDE
1. biography.com
2. space.com
3. famousscientists.org  
Monday
March 27
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 2

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WRITTEN RESEARCH, Parts A & B - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
March 28
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 29 TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 2

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WRITTEN RESEARCH, Parts C & D - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON
THURSDAY
Thursday
March 30
**TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 2

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on POWERPOINT for project - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
March 31
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 2

CLASS ACTIVITY: POWERPOINT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY

Categories:
 - Susan: BUSINESS/BEAUTY/FASHION - Elizabeth Arden
 - Skye: SPACE EXPLORATION/PHYSICS - Sally Ride

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: PEER EVALUATION SHEETS - DUE AT END OF CLASS
Monday
April 3
TOPIC: Age of Genocide

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Genocide
2.
Genocide Watch - website tracking genocides today

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1.
Introduction to GENOCIDE WEBQUEST PROJECT
2.
WEBQUEST DIRECTIONS

NOTES: 20th Century Genocides

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: RESEARCH POINTS 1-3 - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Tuesday
April 4
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 5 TOPIC: Age of Genocide

CLASS ACTIVITY: RESEARCH POINTS 1-3 - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON THURSDAY

SKYE - The Killing Fields: The Cambodian Genocide INFORMATION SHEET
SUSAN - The Ukrainian Genocide (The Great Famine)
INFORMATION SHEET 
Thursday  April 6**TOPIC: Age of Genocide

CLASS ACTIVITY: 
RESEARCH POINTS 1-3 - DUE AT END OF CLASS
Friday 
April 7
TOPIC: Age of Genocide

CLASS ACTIVITY: 
RESEARCH POINT 4 - DUE AT END OF CLASS

SPRING BREAK ASSIGNMENT
: PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS ON THURSDAY, 4/20
SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 18
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 19 TOPIC: Age of Genocide

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Finish Genocide Project RESEARCH (POINTS 5-6)
2. Work on PRESENTATION
Thursday April 20**TOPIC: Age of Genocide

CLASS ACTIVITY #1: Finish GENOCIDE PROJECT PRESENTATION

CLASS ACTIVITY #2: Work on Genocide Survivor Journal - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Friday    April 21   TOPIC: Age of Genocide 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Genocide Survivor Journal - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
April 24
TOPIC: What the World Eats 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. What the World Eats [National Geographic]
2. Hungry Planet - What the World Eats

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FOOD TOPIC #1 - Your Speciality! (What are you going to  cook for lunch on Friday?
Tuesday
April 25
NO CLASS
Wednesday
April 26
TOPIC: What the World Eats

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: GET YOUR SHOPPING LIST READY!!!
Thursday
April 27
**TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS TRIP: LEAVE AT 10:10!!
Friday
April 28
TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS ACTIVITY: COOKING & EATING 
Monday
May 1
TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. The Best Food Cities in the World Right Now
2. World's Best Cities to Eat Well
3. The World's 18 Greatest Cities for Food
4. The 25 Best Cities for Foodies Around the World


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FOOD TOPIC #2 - Foods From Around the World Project - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Tuesday
May 2
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 3
TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS PRESENTATION: The World's Flavor Profiles

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FOOD TOPIC #2 - Foods From Around the World Project - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Thursday
May 4
**TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS TRIP FOR LUNCH

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FOOD TOPIC #2 - Foods From Around the World Project - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY  
Friday
May 5
TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
Foods From Around the World Project - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Monday
May 8
TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
Foods From Around the World Project - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
May 9
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 10
TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
Foods From Around the World Project - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Thursday
May 11
**TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Cultural Diplomacy
2. "Historical Relics"


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Start building your Cultural Diplomacy Vocabulary
- Using the
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY DICTIONARY, select ONE term under each letter and BRIEFLY DEFINE (1-2 sentences) it IN YOUR OWN WORDS!!!!
- DO NOT SELECT INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE
- 26 LETTERS = 26 TERMS / DEFINITIONS
- DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY (in case there are "questions")
 
Friday
May 12
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS ACTIVITY: Building Our Cultural Diplomacy Vocabulary - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday
May 15
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY 

CLASS PRESENTATION: INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL DIPLOMACY PROJECT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Presentation DUE START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Tuesday
May 16
NO CLASS 
Wednesday
May 17
TRIP TO WATER PARK – NO CLASSES
Thursday
May 18
**TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS PRESENTATION: Shooting the Hollywood Stars

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on CULTURAL DIPLOMACY PROJECT DUE START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Friday
May 19
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on CULTURAL DIPLOMACY PROJECT DUE START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
May 22
TOPIC: World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT - PRESENTATIONS in EXAM PERIOD

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURES PROJECT
2. PROJECT GUIDELINES SHEET

NOTES: CULTURE AND CONFLICT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Research Form (optional)
- DUE DATES
CHECK POINT #1 - RESEARCH DUE ON CONFLICT and ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Tuesday
May 23
NO CLASS [LUNCH AT Mr. Farshtey's COTTAGE]
Wednesday
May 24
TOPIC: World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT - PRESENTATIONS in EXAM PERIOD

NOTES: ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION

CLASS ACTIVITY: Research Form (optional)
- DUE DATES
CHECK POINT #1 - RESEARCH DUE ON CONFLICT and ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday
May 25
**TOPIC: World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT - PRESENTATIONS in EXAM PERIOD

NOTES: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Research Form (optional)
- DUE DATES
CHECK POINT #2 - RESEARCH DUE ON ON ENVIRONMENT AND MODES OF EXPRESSION AT END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
May 26
TOPIC: World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT - PRESENTATIONS in EXAM PERIOD

CLASS ACTIVITY: CHECK POINT #2 - RESEARCH DUE ON ENVIRONMENT AND MODES OF EXPRESSION AT END OF CLASS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Research Form (optional)
- DUE DATES
CHECK POINT #3 - RESEARCH DUE ON POLITICS/LAWS AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Monday
May 29
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 30
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 31
TOPIC: World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT - PRESENTATIONS in EXAM PERIOD

CLASS ACTIVITY: CHECK POINT #4 - RESEARCH DUE ON SOCIAL ORGANIZATION / TECHNOLOGY / VALUES-RELIGION AT END OF CLASS ON THURSDAY

- INTERESTING ARTICLE on how the star of Lagaan is currently a VERY BIG MOVIE STAR in China!
Thursday
June 1
**TOPIC: World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT - PRESENTATIONS in EXAM PERIOD

CLASS ACTIVITY: CHECK POINT #4 - RESEARCH DUE ON SOCIAL ORGANIZATION / TECHNOLOGY / VALUES-RELIGION AT END OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Friday
June 2
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 1 Exams - ECONOMICS
1:00 - Period 2 Exams - U.S. HISTORY
Monday
June 5
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 3 Exams
1:00 - Period 4 Exams - WORLD CULTURES
FINAL EXAM PROJECT DUE / CLASS FEAST?
Tuesday
June 6
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 5 Exams - MODERN WORLD HISTORY
1:00 - Period 6 Exams

Thursday
June 8
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM
"You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here"