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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
Wednesday
September 5
TOPIC: 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
 
Thursday
September 6
FRIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE
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 Person / Future World Populations (2050) / Top 10 Leading Economies in 2050 / Top 10 Immigrant Countries / 10 Countries MOST LIKELY To Start World War III


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE 
THEMES / TOPICS BALLOT = What do YOU want to study in this class? 
Friday
September 7
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 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday
September 10
TOPIC: CULTURAL VALUES - SHARED AND DIVERGENT

CLASS PRESENTATION: Welcome to the World of WORLD CULTURES

NOTES: CHARACTERISTICS OF CULTURE


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
REVIEW NOTES: CHARACTERISTICS OF CULTURE Bring to class any questions you have on vocabulary and concepts    
Tuesday
September 11
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 12TOPIC: MODERNIZATION AND CULTURAL CHANGE

CLASS PRESENTATION: Urbanization and Migration

MOVIE TRIP??? - Currents Events + World Cultures classes to see Crazy Rich Asians (leave 5:50/return 9:00)
Thursday
September 13
**TOPIC: MODERNIZATION AND CULTURAL CHANGE

CLASS PRESENTATION: CHINA BLUE

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE CHINA BLUE QUESTIONS 
Friday
September 14
TOPIC: Information - Ideas - Images ... What do we learn (right or wrong?) about cultures by watching movies?

CLASS ACTIVITY: Discussion of Crazy Rich Asians and CHINA BLUE 
Monday
September 17
TOPIC: MAP DAY

CLASS ACTIVITY: Focus on our understanding of geography 
Tuesday
September 18
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 19TOPIC: CULTURAL VALUES - SHARED AND DIVERGENT

CLASS PRESENTATION: CULTURAL IMPERIALISM

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ The Gods Must Be Crazy Wikipedia page 
Thursday
September 20
**TOPIC: CLASH OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL CULTURES
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Gods Must Be Crazy  
Friday
September 21
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
September 24
TOPIC: WORLD RELIGIONS 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
SPREAD OF WORLD RELIGIONS
2. WORLD RELIGIONS PowerPoint  

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READING - 
THE MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS - Short Summaries 
Tuesday
September 25
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 26TOPIC: WORLD RELIGIONS

CLASS PRESENTATION: The Life of Buddha 
Thursday
September 27
**TOPIC: WORLD RELIGIONS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
WORLD RELIGIONS PowerPoint
2. WHAM! BAM! ISLAM!

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORLD RELIGIONS WEBQUESTPARTNERS!! - ONE Answer Sheet (share / divide the questions) DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Friday
September 28
TOPIC: WORLD RELIGIONS

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on WORLD RELIGIONS WEBQUESTDUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday
October 1
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY
Tuesday
October 2
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 3
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS PRESENTATION: Cultural Diplomacy

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 END OF CLASS ON MONDAY (in case there are "questions")
  
Thursday
October 4
**TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY [Short Class]

CLASS PRESENTATION: China's Pop Idols

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 END OF CLASS ON MONDAY
 
Friday
October 5
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS ACTIVITY:
Plan A (internet permitting) -
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!


Plan B - Work on assignment

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 END OF CLASS ON MONDAY
   
Monday
October 8
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Finish
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY DICTIONARY (if necessary)
2. INTRODUCTION TO
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY PROJECT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Presentation DUE START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Tuesday
October 9
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 10
TESTING: PSATs in MORNING

Community Service in AFTERNOON
Thursday
October 11
ARIZONA STATE FAIR 
Friday
October 12
Ms. Bradley
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on CULTURAL DIPLOMACY PROJECT DUE START OF CLASS ON MONDAY   
Monday
October 15
TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN - Part 1

ASSIGNMENT: Keep a list of questions / topics (interesting? confusing? inspirational? disturbing?) from the documentary that we can discuss when done. 
Tuesday
October 16
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 17
TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN - Part 1

ASSIGNMENT: Keep a list of topics (interesting? confusing? inspirational? disturbing?) from the documentary that we can discuss when done. 
Thursday
October 18
**TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN - Part 2

ASSIGNMENT: Keep a list of questions / topics (interesting? confusing? inspirational? disturbing?) from the documentary that we can discuss when done. 
Friday
October 19
TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN - Part 2 
Monday
October 22
TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Current Events
2. Discuss key topics from 
Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN
3. Pick next topic
 
Tuesday
October 23
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 24
TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
Thursday
October 25
TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS   
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square

NOTES: Tiananmen Square (powerpoint)

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: The Tank Man -
Tiananmen Square DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - WE WILL DISCUSS IN CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
October 26
END OF FIRST QUARTER

TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS   

CLASS ACTIVITY:  
1. 
The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - WE WILL DISCUSS IN CLASS   
Monday
October 29
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS / HUMAN RIGHTS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Human Rights Watch
2.
Amnesty International

CLASS ACTIVITY:  
1.
Case Study DIRECTIONS
2.
Case Study WORKSHEET 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: TWO Case Studies - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
 
Tuesday
October 30
NO CLASS
Wednesday October 31TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Case Studies - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Thursday
November 1
**TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. INTERACTIVE -
the history of urbanization, 3700 BC - 2000 AD
2.
The Challenge of the 21st Century City
3. Sample City #1 - World's Busiest Cities, Hong Kong
Friday
November 2
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #2 - World's Busiest Cities, Moscow

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Travel Around the World PROJECT 
Step 1: Select 3 cities you would like to visit - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY

Monday
November 5
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #3 - World's Busiest Cities, Mexico City

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Travel Around the World PROJECT
- GUIDELINES
2. City Selections
Tuesday
November 6
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 7TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #4 - World's Busiest Cities, Delhi 
Thursday
November 8
**TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Travel Around the World PROJECT
Friday
November 9
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS ACTIVITY: Travel Around the World PROJECT TEACHER PRESENTATION
[uh, oh ... Mr. Farshtey did not finish. Guess why? INTERNET!!!]
Monday
November 12
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS ACTIVITY: Travel Around the World PROJECT PRESENTATIONS 
Tuesday
November 13
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 14TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
World Population Problems 
Thursday
November 15
**TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION: How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?

NOTES:
1.
INFO SHEET for How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth? 
2. CALCULATIONS / PROJECTIONS for How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
POPULATION WEBQUEST
WORLD MAPPER POSTERS:
1.
Purchasing Power
2.
$ 10 / DAY
3. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX

Bring in any questions / problems to class tomorrow
  
Friday
November 16
TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION: Africa's Population Explosion

  
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORK ON
POPULATION WEBQUEST 
Monday
November 19
TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON
POPULATION WEBQUEST

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: POPULATION WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY 
Tuesday
November 20
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 21TOPIC: 
THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday
November 26
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
November 27
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 28TOPIC: 
Thursday
November 29
**TOPIC: 
Friday
November 30
TOPIC: 
Monday
December 3
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
December 4
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 5
TOPIC:   
Thursday
December 6
**TOPIC: 
Friday
December 7
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Monday
December 10
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
December 11
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 12
TOPIC: 
Thursday
December 13
**TOPIC: 
Friday
December 14
TOPIC: 
WINTER VACATION
Tuesday
January 8
NO CLASS
Wednesday
January 9
TOPIC:
Thursday
January 10
**TOPIC:
Friday
January 11
TOPIC:
Monday
January 14
TOPIC:
Tuesday
January 15
TOPIC:
Wednesday
January 16
TOPIC:
Thursday
January 17
TOPIC: 
Friday
January 18
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Monday
January 21
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Tuesday
January 22
NO CLASS
Wednesday
January 23
TOPIC: 
Thursday
January 24
**TOPIC: 
Friday
January 25
TOPIC: 
Monday
January 28
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
January 29
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Wednesday
January 30
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Thursday
January 31
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS 
Friday
February 1
POST-EXAM BREAK: NO CLASSES