Lesson 2: Culture Affects Places
Learning Targets and Language Objectives
Gestures, Meanings, and Cultures
Question – What are examples of cultural diversity in Houston and/or Texas?
Stand up when you have answered the question using this stem:
Stem – In my opinion, examples of cultural diversity in Texas include …
Share with a partner
Assess – Call on several, random pairs to share responses their partner mentioned.
Three terms that are important to remember as we talk about how culture affects places are:
- Ethnic groups are people who share common characteristics such as language, cultural traditions, and/or religion.
- Religious groups share common belief systems.
- Racial groups reflect characteristics that are inherited rather than being affected by one’s choices or cultural background.
- The United States is a melting pot: This implies that immigrants change to fit the society of their new home.
- The United States is a salad bowl: This implies that immigrants retain their cultural identity in their new home.
- The United States is a kaleidoscope: This implies that both the immigrants and society adapt and change.
You may download WGS_Teaching Tolerance_Unit 5 to use as a reference.
- Access, download, and save the WGS_Dialogue/Discussion/Debate – Immigration Reform_Unit 5 handout to help organize your thinking and conduct the debate.
- Take a few minutes to complete the Form an Opinion portion of the handout.
- Partner with another student who has the same position as the one assigned to you and together discuss and develop two position statements using the handout to record your ideas.
Find someone whose opinion is different than yours [opposite group]
Ten simple things you can do to celebrate cultural diversity:
There are thousands of things that you can do…Think creatively!
Use your handout and the information gained from the debate to please complete a 5-minute Quick Write.
Choose a position for or against immigration reform and the role of immigrants in the culture of the United States and support your position with details.
Revisit the Learning Targets and complete the post-assessment, citing evidence in the last column.