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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
February 5
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY
Tuesday
February 6
NO CLASS
Wednesday February 7TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. GLOBAL 500 - The World's 500 Largest Companies
2. 2018 Index of ECONOMIC FREEDOM
2. The World Economy

Thursday February 8 **TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: Cultural Economics

Friday February 9TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
International Trade - Globalization WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON
THURSDAY

Monday
February 12
TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
International Trade - Globalization WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON
THURSDAY
Tuesday February 13NO CLASS
Wednesday February 14TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:  
Current Events ANALYSIS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Thursday February 15**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Current Events
2.
Movies as a Tool for Socialization and Persuasion (+ Making Money)

NOTES:
Movies and their Impact on Societies
Friday February 16TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
THE BRITISH IN INDIA [Background for Lagaan]
2. LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Monday
February 19
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 20NO CLASS
Wednesday February 21TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Thursday February 22**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Friday
February 23
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: BE READY for LAGAAN Discussion/Worksheet on MONDAY
Monday
February 26
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

NOTES: Conflict in LAGAAN
 
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on LAGAAN 
Worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY 
Tuesday February 27NO CLASS
Wednesday February 28TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

1. Introduction to MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT
2.
GUIDELINES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT
3.
DUE DATES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Select Country / Culture for Research by START of Class on THURSDAY
Thursday
March 1
**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Submit List of Issues / How Movies Affect Your Culture by END of Class TODAY

2. Select Movie for Research / Presentation by START of Class on FRIDAY
Friday
March 2
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: RESEARCH QUESTIONS 1 - 3 DUE by END of Class on MONDAY
Monday
March 5
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 1 - 3 DUE by END of Class TODAY
2. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 4 - 6 DUE by END of Class on WEDNESDAY 

Tuesday
March 6
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 7 **TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1.
RESEARCH QUESTIONS 4 - 6 DUE by END of Class TODAY
2. Work on MOVIE PRESENTATION
Thursday March 8NO CLASSES - Trip to RENAISSANCE FAIR
Friday
March 9
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: PRESENTATIONS DUE FOR POSTING TO WEBSITE at END of Class on MONDAY
Monday
March 12
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS:
PEP - U.K./U.S./FRANCE/BELGIUM - What Happened to Monday
MAXWELL - UNITED STATES - The Cove
LILY - CHINA - Wolf Warrior 2
KEVIN - JAPAN - Pokemon the Movie
JOJO - FRANCE - Blue is the Warmest Color
JAMES - UNITED STATES - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
IVAN - UNITED STATES - Groundhog Day

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1.
PRESENTATIONS DUE FOR POSTING TO WEBSITE at MORNING MEETING on TUESDAY
2. PROJECT EVALUATION SHEET DUE at START of Class on THURSDAY
Tuesday
March 13
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 14
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

REVIEW STUDENT MOVIE PRESENTATIONS

PROJECT EVALUATION SHEET DUE at START of Class on THURSDAY
Thursday March 15**TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
TEN WOMEN WHO RULED THE WORLD
2.
HOW WOMEN CHANGED THE WORLD
3. Introduction to The Ascent of Woman - Episode 4, REVOLUTION
4. The Ascent of Woman - Episode 4, REVOLUTION

Friday
March 16
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1

CLASS PRESENTATION: INTRODUCTION - Women's Rights

CLASS ACTIVITY: WOMEN'S RIGHTS PROJECT - A Compendium of Unsung Women

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

- Science and Math
- Sports

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Selection of Section/Category
2. Starting Points:
    a. Distinguished Women of Past and Present
    b. The World's Richest Women in 2018
3. Pick your ONE WOMAN for Research and Presentation - DUE MONDAY
Monday
March 19
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project

RESEARCH LINKS:
Jojo - MARY I of England: Mary Tudor Biography / Mary I / Queen Mary I
Lily - GERTRUDE MARGARET LOWTHIAN BELL: Gertrude Bell Biography / The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell
Ivan - RIHANNA: Rihanna Biography / Bio - Rihanna / Rihanna Daily
James - HARRIET TUBMAN: Harriet Tubman BiographyPBS - Harriet Tubman / Harriet Tubman
Kevin - J.K. ROWLING: J.K. Rowling Biography / J.K. Rowling 
Maxwell - EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI: The Life of Empress Cixi / Meet the Empress Dowager / Empress Dowager Cixi
Pep - MERYL STREEP: Simply Streep / Meryl Streep Biography / Meryl Streep - Famous People

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WRITTEN RESEARCH, Parts A & B - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Tuesday
March 20
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 21 TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1
 
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WRITTEN RESEARCH, Parts A & B - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday March 22**TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1

CLASS ACTIVITY: MOVIE or Work on RESEARCH for project

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WRITTEN RESEARCH, Parts C & D - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
March 23
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1 

CLASS ACTIVITY: MOVIE or Work on RESEARCH / PRESENTATION

SPRING VACATION ASSIGNMENT: COMPLETE Distinguished Women of Past and Present RESEARCH PRESENTATION - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY, 4/5
SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 3
NO CLASS
Wednesday
April 4

TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on POWERPOINT for project - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday
April 5
**TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month - PART 1 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Jojo - MARY I of ENGLAND
Lily - GERTRUDE MARGARET LOWTHIAN BELL
Ivan - RIHANNA
James - HARRIET TUBMAN
Kevin - J.K. ROWLING
Maxwell - EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI
Pep - MERYL STREEP

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
PEER EVALUATION SHEETS  - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Friday
April 6
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth & 21st Century EXAMPLES

CLASS PRESENTATION: Political Change - CIVIL WAR / REVOLUTION / COUP D'ETAT / REFORM  
Monday
April 9
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth & 21st Century EXAMPLES 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
"Fever Model" of Revolution
2. Mohandas Gandhi & Ho Chi Minh - FREEDOM FIGHTERS or TERRORISTS?
Tuesday
April 10
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 11 TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth & 21st Century EXAMPLES 
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA
       

CLASS PRESENTATION: The Road to Communism
Thursday  April 12**TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth & 21st Century EXAMPLES
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA
       

CLASS PRESENTATION: People's Century - GREAT LEAP

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
China and the Cultural Revolution Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Friday 
April 13
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth & 21st Century EXAMPLES 
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: China's Cultural Revolution

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
China and the Cultural Revolution Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON
WEDNESDAY 
Monday
April 16
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth & 21st Century EXAMPLES 
EXAMPLE #1 - CHINA

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on China and the Cultural Revolution Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
April 17
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 18 TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth & 21st Century EXAMPLES 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
Comparing 20th Century Revolutions - MEXICO / RUSSIA / CUBA

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
-
REVOLUTION! Project
Thursday April 19**TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - 2oth & 21st Century EXAMPLES - RUSSIA

CLASS PRESENTATION:
Russian Revolution in Color
Friday 
April 20
 
TOPIC: MODERN REVOLUTIONS & REVOLUTIONARIES - CHANGE IN PLANS!!!!!

CLASS ACTIVITY: ORGANIZE OUR HISTORICAL TRIAL


1. THE NOMINEES
2.
ROLES / JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
3.
PREPARATION
Monday
April 23
TOPIC: HISTORICAL TRIAL

1. THE CASE 
2.
ROLES / JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
3.
PREPARATION
Tuesday
April 24
NO CLASS
Wednesday
April 25
TOPIC: HISTORICAL TRIAL

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Thursday
April 26
**TOPIC: HISTORICAL TRIAL

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Friday
April 27
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Monday
April 30
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Tuesday
May 1
NO CLASS
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May 2
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May 3
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May 4
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May 7
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Tuesday
May 8
NO CLASS
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May 9
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May 10
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May 11
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May 14
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Tuesday
May 15
NO CLASS
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May 16
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May 17
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May 18
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May 21
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Tuesday
May 22
NO CLASS
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May 23
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May 24
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May 25
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Monday
May 28
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 29
NO CLASS
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May 30
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Thursday
May 31
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Friday
June 1
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 1 Exams
1:00 - Period 2 Exams
Monday
June 4
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 3 Exams
1:00 - Period 4 Exams
Tuesday
June 5
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 5 Exams
1:00 - Period 6 Exams
Thursday
June 7
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM