ERIC Number: ED193131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
US: A Cultural Mosaic. Teacher Handbook for a Primary-Grade Multidiscipline, Multicultural Program.
Martinez, Jimmie; Watters, Arlene
Activities and objectives for helping elementary school pupils develop a multiethnic and multicultural orientation toward American history and culture are presented in this teacher's guide. The major objective was to develop an interdisciplinary educational program which would influence young children in a positive way as they developed life-long attitudes. The document is presented in two major chapters, each of which represents one of the major goals of the project. Chapter I describes 85 activities which aim toward helping students recognize similarities and differences among families as major transmitters of cultural heritage. Chapter II outlines 154 activities directed toward helping children recognize that the nature and quality of American life is the result of contributions of his/her own and other cultural groups. More specific objectives are included in each chapter. For example, in chapter I, specific objectives are that children be able to describe values and traditions of families with different ethnic backgrounds. In chapter II, specific objectives are that children be able to define the concept of group, recognize celebrations that have special significance to certain groups, and describe the importance of legends and folk tales. For each activity, information is presented on teacher background, materials, procedures, and specific learning objectives. Students are involved in a wide variety of activities including reading poetry, singing songs, working with various art media, analyzing filmstrips and slides, telling group stories, and comparing characteristics of their own families with families in other cultures. (DB)
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Traits, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Ethnic Groups, Family Role, Folk Culture, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Multicultural Education, North American Culture, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Guides, United States History
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: B'nai B'rith, New York, NY. Anti-Defamation League.