What is Culture?

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  • 1. Unit 2: Who Has Culture?
    What is culture?
  • 2. To refresh your memories…
    Culture is the set of meanings, values, beliefs and rules for living shared by groups and societies as the source of their identity.
    Your cultural puzzles…
    We belong to many different cultures.
    School
    Ethnic/National/Religious
    Work
  • 3. The Components of Culture
    DATING
    Culture has to do with HUMAN ACTIONS
    WORKING
    PRAYING
    SPEAKING
    PLAYING
    EATING
  • 4. The Components of Culture
    LAWS
    Culture is a set of MEANINGS, BELIEFS, VALUES AND PRACTICES.
    VOTING
    RELIGION
    SERVICES
    NATIONAL SYMBOLS
    LANGUAGES
  • 5. The Components of Culture
    COMMUNITY OF WORSHIP
    RELIGIOUS
    Culture IDENTIFIES ME AS BELONGING TO A PARTICULAR GROUP
    LINGUISTIC
    NATIONAL
    FAMILY
    ETHNIC
    FRIENDS
    PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT
  • 6. Walking to School
    Human actions?
    Meanings, beliefs, values and practices?
    Identity as a member of a particular group?
  • 7. In your groups:
    Each group will receive a book.
    Each group’s book can be related to a component of culture.
    Using the chart paper and markers provided, identify and give examples of how EACHcomponent of culture is at work in the book.
  • 8. In your groups:
    Your task:
    Reading the book. Elect a reader.
    Record your group’s discussion on the chart paper. Elect a scribe.
    You may record your notes in point-form, graphic organizer, etc.
    Present to the class. Give a brief overview of the story and a summary of your group’s discussion. Elect a speaker.
  • 9. Shi-shi-etko
  • 10. The Name Jar
  • 11. Uptown
  • 12. White Socks Only
  • 13. Amelia’s Road
  • 14. Smoky Night
  • 15. Sister Anne’s Hands
  • 16. 7 Aspects of Culture
    Humans create culture.
    Culture consists of ways of doing things.
    Culture is public.
    Culture arises from tradition.
    Culture is made up of rule-governed actions.
    Culture becomes established in institutions.
    Culture gives us our identity.