2nd Quarter Culture Project

Katy McKown

Essential Questions

1st Essential Question

A society's culture is made up of their traditions, the food that they eat, the music they listen to, the things they specialize in, and the geography (what the place looks like). For example the Sumerian had narrow winding streets instead of wide ones with right turns.

2nd Essential Question

It is important to learn other cultures so that you don't offend anyone that has a different culture than you, so that you can communicate and speak with other people that speak different languages, and to celebrate a different cultures' holidays with them. For example some Syrian rulers admired Greek culture.

3rd Essential Question

If you’re not respecting them you are probably making fun of them and that isn't nice.

People might start to feel that they are not being treated kindly and start to “believe” in something else that they don’t actually believe in.Another reason that it is important to know how others live throughout the world is to learn about another god or tradition that you didn’t know about. For example the Mayan Society believed in one Supreme god, the lord of fire, the other gods were the god of sun, goddess of moon, and gods of death, war, corn, and rain.

Learning Goals

Learning Goal #1: Describe human characteristics

In some cases the Egyptian children would learn their parents jobs to work for them. If the families were rich, then the boys and girls would get to go to school. The Egyptian religion was polytheism which is a belief in many gods. One of the most honorable jobs in Egypt was to be a priest.

Learning Goal #2:Evaluate how the needs of individuals are met by families, friend, groups and organizations, such as governments, businesses, schools, religious institutions and charities in other cultures

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Learning Goal #3: Describe How cultural traditions, human actions and institutions affect people's behavior

The Mayans had a religious ceremony that they produced art for, they played a ball game that they played on a huge court because they believed it would produce rain. In the Egyptian civilization only the kids that are from a wealthy family sometimes get an education while, others that aren't wealthy learn their parent's job. In ancient Greece by trading with the Phoenicians they had to learn their language, they also learned about using coins for trade and ended up making their own coin.

Learning Goal #4: Identify how personal and group experiences influence people’s perceptions and judgments of events

In ancient Hinduism and Buddhist civilizations Gandhi inspired Martin Luther King Jr. to fight for the rights of African Americans' nonviolently. Also in ancient Hinduism civilizations they used numbers 1-9, this is where the numbers that we used today started. In Ancient Egypt Akhenaton was a Pharaoh and lifted a sun god called Aton, he then died 47 years later. A family member took his position in the throne and rejected the new religion that Akhenaton lifted and worshiped the old gods.

Learning Goal #5: Describe how ideas, concepts and traditions have changed over time

China has made many inventions, including paper, paper was used for books, this is why Chinese people were so smart, and they were the makers of the books. They also invented gun powder, this was used for protection. Another thing the Chinese invented was the collar harness, it was used for horses to be able to pull heavier loads easier. All pf these inventions and many others were made in ancient China. Most of them are still used and some were improved, like the plow, it used to have to be pulled by an animal but now they have invented a tractor and it will pull the plow.