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ERIC Number: ED138492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 7
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Budget Anthropology: A Unit Sampler.
Fraker, G. Alan
Creative and inexpensive teaching suggestions for high school anthropology courses are presented. They are chosen specifically for programs which cannot afford expensive curriculum materials. All activities demonstrate the application of universal anthropological principles to the American society. Seven areas which reflect the general functions of culture are identified. Four activities illustrate the cultural relationship between human nature and environment. One project involves students in examining travel guides of the United States which foreign embassies provide. Another project challenges students to be 26th century archaeologists explaining the uses of chap stick and marbles. In the area of subsistence and economic exchange, students can compare slaughterhouse processing of meat with primitive methods seen in films. To illustrate rules of social organization, students can try greeting friends in a formal manner, or imagine the reaction of McDonalds patrons if a couple came in wearing formal evening attire. Concepts of politics and law can be studied by comparing biographical backgrounds of senators. Role playing of courtship behavior can illustrate rituals in American society, and making a list of common nonverbal gestures helps students to understand ways of communicating. Cultural change can be measured by watching fads come and go. (AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Southeast Regional Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies (Virginia Beach, Virginia, April 25-27, 1975)