ERIC Number: ED139708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Teaching about Ethnic Heritage. Ethnic Heritage Series, Volume 1.
Smith, Gary R.; Otero, George G.
The teaching unit can help upper elementary and secondary students understand their ethnicity, identity, and heritage. Using 18 activities, students trace their origins, assess the importance of ethnicity in their own lives, and document ethnic diversity in their community. Objectives in three areas are emphasized: discovery skills, values and value analysis, and recognition and knowledge about ethnic heritage and related concepts. Each activity is identified by one or more organizing concepts, such as perception, diversity, and heritage. Teaching strategies include group discussion, role playing, interviewing relatives, and spending time with people of different cultural backgrounds. Focus ranges from personal documentation of family traditions to awareness of stereotypes of unfamiliar groups. Students are encouraged to use local resources such as telephone books to map the ethnicity of their community. Also, they answer personal attitude questionnaires about their reactions to belonging to particular ethnic groups. The units can be used as supplementary activities in social studies courses, or they can serve as a two-week intensive program on ethnic heritage. The developers caution teachers not to force personal ethnic analysis on students who are unwilling. (AV)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Cultural Background, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Individual Differences, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Role Playing, Social Studies, Social Values, Teaching Methods, Unit Plan, Units of Study
Materials Distribution, Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado 80208 ($5.95 paperbound)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Center for Teaching International Relations.
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