One Nation, Many Cultures
Every year the Smithsonian Institution sponsors the Folk Life Festival, which occurs on the Mall during the week leading up to the Fourth of July. Each year several different ethnic groups are selected to share aspects of their culture. Next year, the organizers of the Folk Life Festival have decided to celebrate Native American culture.
Step Two: Meet with your group to decide your roles. Once you have decided your role, you are ready to become an expert in the aspect of the culture you selected. Remember, the Smithsonian Institution emphasizes how geography affects the culture of the groups featured at the festival. Become familiar with the Physical Features web site produced by Carnegie Mellon University to guide your thinking.
|Role Two-Food Expert
|Role Six-Arts Expert
Step Three: Gather information about your Native American group depending upon what expert role you have chosen. You must use three different sources and fill out an expert sheet for each source. Be sure to collect examples, or references to them, so you can show your classmates illustrated examples at your group meeting.
Step Four: Group Meeting. Meet with the other experts in your group. The purpose of your meeting is:
to decide what facets of culture you want to be part of your presentation
to organize your display and presentation
to create a timeline for completing these activities
Use the group meeting guide provided by your teacher to help you organize the group meeting.
Step Five: Group work time. Work with fellow group members to complete your presentation. Remember you are creating a presentation to persuade the Event Organizer at the Folk Life Festival to select your Native American group. You need to come up with a presentation that includes examples of the activities that your group will perform at the Folk Life Festival. Your presentation may be a powerpoint presentation, an oral presentation with visual display, or a written report/proposal with visual display. Use the checklist to guide your work.
Step Six: Dress rehearsal. Practice your presentation with your group. Make sure your visual display whether it is a poster or a Powerpoint presentation is located so that the audience can see it. Plan to give the presentation as if you were presenting a proposal to a group of people from the Smithsonian Institution.
Step Seven: Present. Good Luck! Now is your chance to show your class how much you've learned about the culture you studied.
Print Resources-See your media specialist.
Students will be assessed according to a rubric.
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Memory Project, Library of Congress.
Graphics courtesy of the American Memory Project, Library of Congress.
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Last updated September 09, 2002