Building a Local Culture Project

Building a Local Culture Project

Possible Locations/Themes

Single assignment   ________________________________
Existing unit              ________________________________
Classroom/school families ___________________________
Neighborhood,community ____________________________
City,town   _______________________________________
Region, state _____________________________________

Cultural Genre Checklist

___ Foodways
___ Clothing
___ Architecture
___ Occupations
___ Handwork
___ Recreation
___ Storytelling
___ Music
___ Religion/spirituality
___ Celebrations
___ Ceremonies
___ Other

Themes Checklist

___ Ethnic groups
___ Community
___ Arts & aesthetics
___ Traditions & history
___ Land use & resources
___ Skills & knowledge
___ Other             ____________________________________

Developing Community

___ Fieldwork
___ Multiaging
___ Parent night
___ Family potlucks
___ Family retreats
___ Culturally explicit parent conferences
___ Parent leadership
___ Collaborative projects
___ Planning committee
___ Surveys

Partners: Assets & Connections

School

Classroom teachers __________________________________
ESL, Special Ed, Special Teachers  _____________________
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Principals__________________________________________
District/State Curriculum Specialists_______________________

Parents & Grandparents

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Community

Folklorists____________________________
Artists_______________________________
University departments/programs/centers            ____________________________________
Arts agencies                                                    ____________________________________
Museums                                                          ____________________________________
Historical societies                                               ____________________________________
Other                                                               ____________________________________

Local Cultural Resources (people & events for class to visit)

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Funding

___ Participant Fees
___ PTO
___ Grants

  • Grant writer_________________________________
  • Funding agencies____________________________

___ Student Letter Campaigns
___ Fundraising Projects

Purpose (Goals & Objectives)

  1. To learn skills and knowledge in social studies. Language arts and
  2. To document and present diverse cultures in
  3. To build and experience community in ______________________________

Curriculum (New York State Standards)

Social Studies

___ History of the United States and New York
___ World History
___ Geography
___ Economics
___ Civics, Citizenship and Government

English Language Arts

___ Language for Information and Understanding
___ Language for Literary Response and Expression
___ Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
___ Language for Social Interaction

Arts

___ Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts
___ Knowing and Using Art Materials and Resources
___ Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
___ Understanding the Cultural Contributions of the Arts

Tour logistics

___ Preliminary fieldwork
___ Transportation
___ Meals
___ Lodging
___ Adults on tour
___ Thank you’s

Assignments

___ Home ethnography
___ Documentation on tour
___ Media production

Conceptual Skills

___ Inquiry
___ Dialogue
___ Pattern recognition
___ Representation

Documentation Skills

___ Observational writing
___ Sketching
___ Photography, video
___ Interviewing

Presentation Media

___ Book
___ Web site
___ Student essays/articles
___ Videos
___ Exhibits
___ Networks, exchanges
___ Archives

Curriculum Extension: Related units, Projects

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Evaluation

___ Activities
___ Work projects
___ Participant questionnaires
___ Skills & knowledge

Web sites

Our Tour by Location | Our Tour by Theme | How We Did It
Link back to the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

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This page last updated on November 8, 2002