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Party On!

  

Thematic Unit Title:

 

Party On!

Subject:

Holiday Celebrations

Goals:

2. Gain knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
3. Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
4. Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

Standards:

2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the perspectives and practices of cultures studied and use this knowledge to interact effectively in cultural contexts.
3.1 Students reinforce and further knowledge of other disciplines through foreign languages.
4.2 Students recognize that cultures use different patterns of interaction and can apply this knowledge to their own culture.

Contexts\Outcomes:

Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the perspectives and practices of traditional holiday celebrations and use this knowledge to interact effectively in cultural contexts.

Progress Indicators Goal 1:

 

Progress Indicators Goal 2:

 

2.1A Identify and react to cultural perspectives and practices in the culture studied.
Analyze the development of different cultural practices.
2.1D Identify social and geographic factors that affect cultural practices.
Discuss social and geographic factors that affect cultural practices.
Analyze social and geographic factors that affect cultural practices.

Progress Indicators Goal 3:

 

3.1A Identify and apply, within a familiar context, information and skills common to the foreign language classroom and other disciplines.

Progress Indicators Goal 4:

 

4.2A Identify the similarities and differences between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture using evidence from authentic sources.
Analyze the similarities and differences between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture using evidence from authentic sources.
Explain the significance of the similarities and differences between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture using evidence from authentic sources.
4.2B Identify similar and different behavioral patterns between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture.
Compare and contrast similar and different behavioral patterns between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture.

Progress Indicators Goal 5:

 

Essential Skills\Knowledge:

 

Specific vocabulary for each topic
Knowledge of cultural traditions
Knowledge of holidays celebrated
Historical background of own culture and target culture

Assessments:

Vocabulary Quiz
Written Project:
Students create a story about a holiday celebration from target culture and share it during “Storytelling Time” meeting specified criteria.
Oral Presentation:
Student groups prepare an oral presentation using the graphic organizer as a visual to explain the analysis and comparison in the target language meeting specified Peer Evaluation criteria.
Culminating Project:
Student groups reenact a holiday celebration from the target culture including food, traditional costumes, music, dance, games, history, etc.

Instructional Strategies:

 

Research:
Students research holiday celebrations from the target culture.
Written Project:
Students create a story about a holiday celebration from target culture and share it during “Storytelling Time.”
Cooperative Learning:
Student groups use graphic organizers (such as a Venn Diagram or Comparison Chart) to analyze and compare holiday celebrations from the target culture with those from the U.S.
Student groups prepare an oral presentation using the graphic organizer as a visual to explain the analysis and comparison in the target language.
Student groups reenact a holiday celebration from the target culture.

Resources:

Internet
Library resources
Library research
Videotapes

Other Resources:

Native Speakers
Travel Agencies