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ERIC Number: ED091282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Total Immersion Day. Profiles of Promise 25.
Hawke, Sharryl
Social studies teachers in Liverpool, New York, furnish their students with significant cultural experiences by a strategy called total immersion day. Two middle schools organized this experience by having grade six students examine a particular area, its geography, history, culture, and politics. The culminating activity of the study unit, an activity day, is designed to allow investigation of all aspects of the culture studied -- the politics, work, food, and fun. A six to eight week study unit for the sixth grade classes provides the geographic overview, historical summary and information on social, economic and political organization of an area such as the Middle East, incorporating current events from newspapers and magazines. Each sixth grader is required to complete a special project which is graded and displayed on immersion day. Costumes representative of the chosen culture are judged, along with typical food prepared for a bazaar. Immersion day itself involves a composite of academic and fun activities, classroom and media presentations. Each student completes a questionnaire evaluating immersion day. Preparatory work and the new experiences of immersion day foster appreciation of a different way of life and insight into a foreign culture for teachers and students involved. (Author/KSM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: New York