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By Stephany Weaver and Anne Daly
“Culture and Identity in your Community and the World” is an interdisciplinary unit designed to stimulate questions about identity and culture and how those two things relate. This unit is meant to be taught at the end of the first semester and the beginning of the second semester. Students have already established an understanding of literary elements in fiction and will now be searching for those same engaging elements in non-fiction.
As the students read the memoir Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang in Reading, they will be studying the effects of culture and community on a single person’s identity in Non-Fiction Studies, a writing and social studies class. Students will learn the skills to analyze non-fiction and elaborate on their application of the writing process, as well. The unit will culminate in a an exhibition of the students’ culture. Students will create an exhibit within our very own Institute of KIPPster Cultures. Students will model their exhibit after exhibits in the Institute of Texan Cultures, which they will have previously visited. We will turn our gym into the Institute and students will set up their exhibits around the gym during our sixth grade report card night. Parents, siblings, administrators, community members, and the press will be invited to view the Institute. Students’ exhibits should represent their identity, community (school, neighborhood, and/or San Antonio), culture, and at least one connection made with other individuals, communities, or cultures around the world.
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