Engage with your child about Cultural Studies: Ask questions!

Students have been developing an understanding of aspects of culture across time and place. In order to compare and connect, we are employing ten core aspects of culture: Themes; Geographic setting; Economics; Food, Shelter, Clothing and Adornment; Communications; Aesthetics; Political Organization; Family/Kin; Attitudes toward the “unknown”; Recreation.

Students reflected upon their own lived cultures, noting similarities and differences among their peers. We are continuing to look at how cultures develop through our history studies, and examine how culture affects values, beliefs, and most importantly, human behavior.

All grades will be communicating with, sending and receiving “culture packages” from classrooms with middle school age students around the world (so far: Belarus, Taiwan, Russia, Japan!) More to come!!

6th Grade Questions:

  • How do scientists interpret the past?
  • Who are different hominins and what helped them to survive?
  • What changed from the Paleolithic Age to the Neolithic Age?
  • Where is the Fertile Crescent and why is it important in history?
  • What is a “food desert” and what problems are they connected to?
  • Why is food insecurity a problem? Who is most directly affected?
  • How do we see the issue of food insecurity in the future?
  • Can you tell me about the stories of the people in A Place at the Table?

7th Grade Questions:

  • What are the origins of Christianity?
  • What do scientists believe were the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire?
  • How can knowing this help us to reflect on our own societies?
  • How did the Roman Empire influence today’s art, architecture, engineering, language, citizenship, and/or laws and government?
  • What can you tell me about Cambodia, Haiti, Nepal, India or Sierra Leone?
  • What are some issues associated with education for girls around the world? Why is this associated with culture?
  • Can you tell me about the stories of the girls in Girl Rising?

8th Grade Questions:

  • What have you learned about American Indians before colonization?
  • How and why did Europeans explore and establish settlements in the Americas? What effects did early exploration have on the people native to the Americas?
  • What impression do you have of Christopher Columbus? Why? Can you speak about his encounter with the Arawak people of the Caribbean?
  • What is meant by this quote: “A historian must pick and choose among facts, deciding which ones to put in their work, which ones to leave out, and which ones to put at the center of the story.” (from A Young People’s History of the United States) Why is it relevant to the study of history?
  • In what context have we explored this vocabulary: media, agency, objectification, misogyny, depression.
  • Who creates most media? Why should we develop awareness about media?
  • What is your impression and opinion of how men and women are represented in media? What experiences influence your opinion?
  • Can you tell me about the messages of the film Miss Representation?