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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
Thursday September 22TOPIC: INTRODUCTION

1.
CLASS WEBSITE
2. EVALUATION
3. APPROACH
 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. MATH & ENGLISH PLACEMENT? Here are the HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES PLACEMENT TESTS:
- Step 1 –
The Frog Test
- Step 2 (if you pass #1) –
The River Test
2. Current Events:
- Choose an ONLINE NEWS WEBSITE / REVIEW CURRENT EVENTS (World - U.S. - Business - Technology - Culture)
- Come to class ready to share your QUESTIONS & OPINIONS

Friday
September 23
TOPIC: So WHY do we have to study this stuff?
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Using current events topics, we will see how & why changes and differences in "CULTURE" affect our lives.

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
YouTube clips - World's Most Typical Man / Most Populated Countries in 2050 / Facts You Didn't Know / 10 Countries MOST LIKELY To Start World War III

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE 
THEMES / TOPICS BALLOT = What do YOU want to study in this class?
Monday
September 26
TOPIC: CULTURAL VALUES - SHARED AND DIVERGENT

CLASS PRESENTATION:

1. Welcome to the World of WORLD CULTURES
2. THE MEANING OF CULTURE

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE Definition of Culture CHART
Tuesday
September 27
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 28TOPIC: CULTURAL VALUES - SHARED AND DIVERGENT

CLASS ACTIVITY: DISCUSSION OF OUR
Definition of Culture CHARTS

CLASS PRESENTATION: CULTURAL IMPERIALISM

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ The Gods Must Be Crazy Wikipedia page
Thursday
September 29
**TOPIC: CLASH OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL CULTURES
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Gods Must Be Crazy 
Friday
September 30
TOPIC: CLASH OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL CULTURES
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: FINISH / DISCUSS The Gods Must Be Crazy 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE The Gods Must Be Crazy WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday
October 3
TOPIC: WORLD RELIGIONS 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
SPREAD OF WORLD RELIGIONS
2. WORLD RELIGIONS PowerPoint  

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
READING - THE MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS - Short Summaries
Tuesday
October
4
NO CLASS
Wednesday October 5TOPIC: 2016 ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. (We'll see if it is interesting)  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: FRONTLINE - The Choice 2016
Thursday
October 6
**TOPIC: 2016 ELECTION  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: FRONTLINE - The Choice 2016

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FRONTLINE - The Choice 2016 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
October 7
TOPIC: WORLD RELIGIONS  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on WORLD RELIGIONS WEBQUEST - DUE BY END OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
October 10
TOPIC: WORLD RELIGIONS / RELIGIOUS CONFLICT 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Finish WORLD RELIGIONS WEBQUEST
       

CLASS PRESENTATION:
RELIGIOUS CONFLICT
Tuesday
October
11
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October
12
TESTING: PSATs

TOPIC: CULTURAL CHANGE  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: China's Green Revolution

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Describe what the situation is where you live.
Thursday
October
13
**TOPIC: CULTURAL CHANGE  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Fastest Changing Place on Earth

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT - CULTURAL CHANGE News Articles:
1.
China's Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities
2. Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex? 
Friday
October 14
TOPIC: Shared Cultures - Elections  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Please Vote for Me 
Monday
October 17
TOPIC: Current Events Day  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. DISCUSS
Please Vote for Me QUESTIONS
2. Current Events

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:  Pick out a Current Events topic you would like to learn more about.
Tuesday
October
18
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October
 19
  ARIZONA STATE FAIR
Thursday
October
20
**TOPIC: Online Games for Global Education  

CLASS ACTIVITY:
-
Slavery Footprint
1. Start by reading "Our Story" and "Your Story" at the bottom of the page
2. Then take the Slavery Footprint Survey
3. Be sure to read all the notes - VERY INFORMATIVE!
  

Against All Odds [Life as a Refugee] 
Friday
October
21
TOPIC: Current Events - REFUGEE CRISIS  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Refugee Crisis

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Refugee Web Quest
A - Do PART 1 for homework DUE ON MONDAY
Monday
October 24
TOPIC: Current Events - REFUGEE CRISIS 

CLASS ACTIVITY:
Refugee Web Quest - We will work on Part 2 in class today - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
October 25
NO CLASS
Wednesday October 26 TOPIC: Current Events - REFUGEE CRISIS  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Refugee Web QuestPart 3
- You will choose your area to research
-
We will work on Part 3 in class today - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY  
Thursday
October 27
**TOPIC: Current Events - REFUGEE CRISIS  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Refugee Web QuestPart 3
- We will work on REVISED Part 3 in class today - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
October 28
TOPIC: Current Events - REFUGEE CRISIS  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Complete our research on SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
Monday
October 31
TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Traditional Sports in Human Culture
2.
Timeline of SPORTS HISTORY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Sports and Culture WEBQUEST - Part 1 DUE ON FRIDAY 
Tuesday
November
1
NO CLASS
Wednesday
November

2
TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Sports and Culture WEBQUEST - Part 1 DUE ON FRIDAY
Thursday
November

3
**TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Sports and Culture WEBQUEST - Part 1 DUE ON FRIDAY 
Friday
November
4
TOPIC: PERSONAL / CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS 

CLASS ACTIVITY:
SUPER SEVENS - Africa / World Cultures Class / Beaver Creek Ranch Campus - YOUR SELECTIONS DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday
November
7
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS - 2016 ELECTION  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1.
2016 Presidential Candidate Positions on 75 Issues: A Side by Side Comparison
2. The Candidates and the World
Tuesday
November
8
NO CLASS
Wednesday
November

9
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS - 2016 ELECTION  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: 2016 ELECTION De-Briefing / Future Predictions?
Thursday
November
10
**TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS   
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - WE WILL FINISH IN CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
November
11
TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Timeline of Modern China

CLASS ACTIVITY: Finish
The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square QUESTIONS
Monday
November
14
TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
2.
Change - Art and War
Tuesday
November
15
NO CLASS
Wednesday
November
16
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY
Thursday
November

17
**TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS - Case Study #1  

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Human Rights Watch
2.
Amnesty International
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:  
1.
Case Study DIRECTIONS
2.
Case Study WORKSHEET 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Case Study #1 DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
November 18
TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS - Case Study #2  

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Human Rights Watch
2.
Amnesty International
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:  
1.
Case Study DIRECTIONS
2.
Case Study WORKSHEET 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Case Study #2 DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
November 21
TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: Cheating in Sumo Wrestling from Freakonomics

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Sports and Culture WEBQUEST - Part 2 DUE ON MONDAY
Tuesday
November 22
TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Gender, Race and Sports

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Sports and Culture WEBQUEST - Part 2 DUE ON MONDAY
Wednesday
November 23
END OF FIRST QUARTER
TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Nazi Games - Berlin 1936

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Sports and Culture WEBQUEST - Part 2 DUE ON MONDAY
CONGRATULATIONS!
You have completed the LONGEST STRETCH of Class Days (= NO DAYS OFF) of the year!
(BUT the time from the start of 2nd Semester to Spring Break is ALMOST as long!)
THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday
November 28
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: One of our topics will be the death of Fidel Castro - which will lead into our next topic: REVOLUTIONS!
Tuesday
November 29
NO CLASS
Wednesday
November 30
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES  
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA
       

CLASS PRESENTATION: The Road to Communism
Thursday
December
1
**TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES  
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: People's Century - GREAT LEAP

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: China and the Cultural Revolution Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Friday
December 2
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES  
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: China's Cultural Revolution

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: China and the Cultural Revolution Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Monday
December 5
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES  
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on China and the Cultural Revolution Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Tuesday
December 6
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 7
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES  
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on China and the Cultural Revolution Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday
December 8
**TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth Century EXAMPLES  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Political Change - CIVIL WAR / REVOLUTION / COUP D'ETAT / REFORM
Friday 
December 9
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth Century EXAMPLES  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: "Fever Model" of Revolution

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
- REVOLUTION! Project
- Project Resources - websites to help you with your research

DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 1/11
Monday
December 12
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth Century EXAMPLES  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Mohandas Gandhi & Ho Chi Minh - FREEDOM FIGHTERS or TERRORISTS? 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
- REVOLUTION! Project
- Project Resources - websites to help you with your research


DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 1/11
Tuesday
December 13
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 14
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth AND 21st Century EXAMPLES  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Comparing 20th Century Revolutions - MEXICO / RUSSIA / CUBA

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
- REVOLUTION! Project
- Project Resources - websites to help you with your research


DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 1/11
Thursday
December 15
**TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth AND 21st Century EXAMPLES  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on REVOLUTION! Project

DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 1/11
Friday
December 16
SPECIAL SCHEDULE - Morning Meeting: 9:00
WINTER VACATION
Tuesday
January 10
[Monday Schedule] TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY       
Wednesday
January 11
TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations   
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. GLOBALIZATION - WHAT IT IS & WHAT IT ISN'T
2. Secrets of the Superbrands - FASHION
Thursday
January 12
**TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Secrets of the Superbrands
1.
FASHION 
2. TECHNOLOGY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Write ONE paragraph for EACH of the 2 topics, describing what you found most interesting / surprising. 
Friday
January 13
[Tuesday Schedule] NO CLASS
Monday
January 16
TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Secrets of the Superbrands - FOOD

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Write ONE paragraph for the topic, describing what you found most interesting / surprising 
Tuesday
January 17
NO CLASS
Wednesday
January 18
TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: GLOBALIZATION WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday
January 19
**TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  

CLASS ACTIVITY: GLOBALIZATION WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
January 20
TOPIC: World Cultures Semester Exam Project  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. EXAM PROJECT GUIDELINES
2. 
EXAM PROJECT PACKET

COUNTRY CHOICES
- SUSAN:
- SKYE:

Monday
January 23
TOPIC: World Cultures Semester Exam Project  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Semester Exam Project
- DUE BY END OF THE EXAM PERIOD ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
Tuesday
January 24
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 1 [Government]
1:00 - Period 2 [U.S. History]
Wednesday
January 25
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 3
1:00 - World Cultures

Thursday
January 26
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 5 [Modern World History]
1:00 - Period 6

Friday
January 27
POST-EXAM BREAK: NO CLASSES