Objective: Students explore the cultures of others for the purpose of enlightenment, personal growth for the betterment of society, and acceptance of diverse members of society.
Time required-1-2 weeks
- Inventory recording and storage: word processing software, presentation software, etc. and flash drive
- Fiction and Non-fiction culture books
Have students have to come up with an inventory of cultures, (not necessarily ethnically encompassing), operating at their school to include teachers, students and other school staff. Emphasize that cultures studied can also be social, occupational, or religious in nature.
A good way to open this activity is to compare “the cool kids" to another culture around the school that others believe is inherently different to show a contrast in norms, values, and mores.
After grading has been completed, students must share their inventories with the class to serve as a form of peer assessment. This part of the assignment is included to debunk myths and stereotypes towards cultures.
During the peer discussion, guide it in a way that points out how even what they consider to be too small to make a difference in how they perceive and treat others, like negative inner thoughts about cultures other than our own, can go a long way in hurting society.
Overall, this activity should challenge students to think more broadly.