Posts Tagged ‘culture’


Posted: January 6, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
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We continued our discussion of culture through the lens of Chinese values and norms.  We debriefed about our film “Please Vote For Me” and identified both U.S. and Chinese culture in the film (and a clash between both).

We then continued our discussion through an article called “3 Years in China” about a BBC reporter and what he had witnessed going on during his 3 year post in China.  We taught each other about portions of the article.  Our exit ticket was to write down two questions for our panel of experts tomorrow, one about Chinese material culture and one about Chinese nonmaterial culture.


Posted: January 5, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
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Today we looked at the following passage from a Chinese culture website:

China’s family planning policy combines government guidance with the wishes of the masses.  The basic requirements of family planning are late marriages and late child-bearing, so as to have fewer, but healthier, babies, especially one child per couple.  But a flexible family planning policy is adopted for rural people and ethnic minorities; in rural areas, couples may have second baby in exceptional cases, but must wait several years after the birth of the first child.
…and answered the following question: 

What does this passage on Chinese families say about their cultural beliefs and values?
We continued our talk about culture with our chart and assignment about Chinese vs. American vs. Norrix Cultures.  CLICK HERE for assignment.

1-3-10 Welcome Back-Culture

Posted: January 3, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
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Today we got back into the swing of things by revisiting the idea of culture and answering the following questions:

What is your definition of culture?
How many cultures can you identify in this classroom?
We also took some notes on culture:
•The customs, traditions, beliefs and values that a group of people share.
•It includes language, what they do, eat, make, believe and how they dress.
•Groups that share these traits are called a cultural group.

Material culture – is tangible – it has a physical reality.
Non-material culture – are things that don’t have a physical reality, such as values, beliefs and religion.

•All cultures have a social structure.
•A way of organizing people into smaller groups.
•Each group has particular tasks.
•Tasks include protection, raising children, food, laws and teaching.

•The most important social unit of any culture is the family.
•The task of the family  is to teach children culture – the customs, traditions, values and ways of doing things.

•Patriarchy – cultures where men make most of the family decisions
•Matriarchy – cultures in which women have more authorities
Finally we discussed the Mosou culture of a remote part of China and completed a reading and activity.  CLICK HERE for the Mosou homework activity which relates to our notes.

I’m finishing up your projects over this lovely winter break and realized I have not given you a chance to continue your learning.  Shame on me.  Your holiday present is to earn extra credit by doing the following:

Choose one of the following categories at THE CHINESE CULTURE (CLICK HERE FOR SITE) website and review 3 articles of your choosing.

Traditions Kaleidoscope Arts History Scenery Health Food Opera Architecture Literature Travel

Each review must include a link, title, category chosen and a 1 paragraph summary of your learning.

Reason for this culture lesson is that our class is going to get a chance to visit WMU and the Confucius Institute to learn more about another Chinese culture on Friday January 7th.  More information and permission slips will be handed out our first day back from break.

To recieve extra credit assignment must be emailed or handed into Mr. McCullough at our first class following winter break.  Enjoy your  last week and a half!


Posted: December 9, 2010 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
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Today we dove deeper into a discussion about the 5 components of sociology especially culture.  We created posters of teen, American and Norrix culture and shared them with our classmates.

Your homework DUE MONDAY 12-13-10 was handed out today.  You are to complete the “Me at ages 7 and 14″ activity, both written and visual profile.