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I would like to create a lesson on exploring cultural diversity through the arts, it seems to be a broad topic. Any ideas of how I can narrow it down?

Jul 29, 2016 4:36pm

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    • Sep 2, 2016 11:26am

      Remember that culturally responsive teaching does not simply look at religion/festival/holidays. You are then only looking at the shallow culture, not deep culture that really affects ALL your students and can bond them better than relisions/holidays because they are cultural ideas we all share in humanity. Have your students make a list of values/ideals that are important to them and have a discussion about those items. In discovering what unites your students (not always religion or holidays, right?) you can then through those values and ideas discover commonalities (AND DIFFERENCES) that unite your students. Say for instance, looking at the 1980's "Steele Magnolia" movie when Sally Fields "freaks out" about losing Shelby. Some cultures may find this quite appalling at the way she is very emotional through the funeral while it may be very accepting to other cultures to be very emotional about losing a loved one. This garners several conversations, looks at more than shallow culture, bonds students (AND TEACHERS), and makes for a more trusting classroom with a true celebration of diversity not through race or religion, but core values. I encourage you to look up the definition of culturally responsive teaching and also Zaretta Hammond's book "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain". Her "Culture Tree" analogy is from where where I draw my examples. Good luck.