We've been discussing culture, and the ingredients of culture. I tried to order them by difficulty, going from the easier to the more complex. For instance, food is a part of our culture. Most students already understand food. In fact, sometimes I think it's all they think about. ...Especially 5th hour...
And they understand language, and dress. Most have a general concept of religion, government, customs and the arts.
But ethnicity? Standard of living? Values? These are a little bit more difficult. In fact, even academics bicker about their exact meanings? Are ethnicity and race the same thing? How does nationality fit in? Is there a choice component?
And how do we gauge standard of living? Is it just GDP, or is it more than that?
And, as a colleague always says, "We may value our valuables, but they are not our values."
So, we discussed some of the more difficult concepts today. I did give students a paper, but it is NOT homework. I don't care if you work ahead, but make sure you bring an AR book along with you if you're an over-achiever. Don't distract the rest of the class.
If you read consider discussing the ingredients of culture - giving an example for each. If you do this, find a scrap of paper and write down the ingredient, and its example. Then have the adult sign the paper. Put in the extra credit tray tomorrow.