this first unit, the students studied how their own personal
identities are influenced by attending Graded and living with
their families here in Brazil. Primary source data, in the form
of student surveys, helped them think about their current
reality while they learned the sociological and psychological
foundations of identity, ethnicity, and nationality in class.
This became the basis of establishing their group’s worldview.
The next step was to take these specific societal elements and
apply them to the culture of large groups of people through
learning about a pair of interrelated systems.
The first system, the Material
Culture, deals with the physical world and the things that a society makes and
uses. The second, the Non-Material, involves the values and beliefs of a
society, taught through its institutions, which determines how people behave.
By applying the two systems to their own lives, figuring how a culture
functions, becomes concrete.
Here the students were
to research data in the library about their specific society
element, while learning the ins and outs of writing a solid
expository paragraph in class using the writing process. After
they defined their element, they then went on to talk about the
connection between it and the Material and Non-Material culture
systems. By having examples from their own life here in Brazil,
they brought the element to life for themselves and for the
virtual student they were talking to.
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