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BC: The Upper Peninsula

FC: Cultural Literacy | Rachel Piereson TE 402

1: Lets take a trip to learn about Cultural Literacy and the Upper Peninsula! | The Upper Peninsula is located in Michigan nestled between Lake Michigan & Lake Superior

2: Culture: A full range of learned human behavior patterns | Subculture: Culture from ancestry or where we are originally from, but still share some of our culture with the new society. Ex: Italian Americans | Cultural Universals: Shared by all humans no matter where they live. Ex: language, age, gender | O'Neil 2009

3: The U.P. is home to around 300,000 residents. Many of these residents have Italian, Finish, and Swedish ancestry which impacts the culture. These people often immigrated to the U.P. from their home countries in search of employment at the mines located throughout the peninsula in the late 1800's.

4: Characteristics of Culture | Culture is learned. | Culture changes over time. | People are not always aware of their culture because of its routine in daily life. | Culture includes peoples lifestyles such as clothing, make-up, what they eat, privacy, etc.

5: As a Yooper, I am often not aware of cultural differences from my peers until a certain subject is brought up or they travel to visit! Examples: How I pronounce 'sauna', experiencing pasties or cudighi, etc.

6: Cultural Literacy: "Knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups, including one's own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media". -Dictionary.com

7: The importance of Cultural Literacy: Its important for students to understand other's cultures and way of life. Students can learn about differences through text, writing, technology, etc.

8: How to Teach Cultural Literacy | While there are many ways to teach cultural literacy, here are a few suggestions: | Books: Read engaging novels that interest the students. The main character or setting should be from a different area or county. Have students use technology to explore the culture prior, during, and after reading. | Postcards: Collect postcards from the places you've traveled, have students and parents do the same. Use these postcards to discuss different areas and the cultures they saw on vacation. Research or read a book on the location to get a better understanding

9: Postcrossing.com: Postcrossing is a website that connects people to different countries. The user creates an account, requests an address, and then sends a postcard from their location to the address. Another person gets an address and sends a postcard to you. You never know where the postcard is coming from! This could be incorporated into the classroom as a fun way to look up and research different places along with letter writing skills. It keeps kids waiting for the next postcard to arrive!

10: How to Teach Cultural Literacy | Museums: Take your class on a field trip to a museum based off what your class is learning about. Examples include the Holocaust Museum, Museum of American Indian, the Michigan Mining Museum (if you're a Yooper). If you cannot make it to a museum, many have online virtual tours. Students can look up parts of the museum individually or a whole class can look together with the teacher navigating. Students can post on a blog, or write about a culture they learned about through the museum. This can be especially useful before reading a novel on a certain culture.

11: "Who We Are" "Who We Are" lessons teach students about each other's heritage. Select students can be chosen to present or the whole class can research their heritage and original culture.Young students can show pictures and write a short presentation while older students can research and even read a book on their ancestry. Students begin to learn more about their classmates and their perspectives! | Sponsored Child If the teacher, students family. or other staff sponsor a child, students may enjoy learning about this young person living in a different country. Students can learn to write letters,, take pictures, or draw. Older students could research where the sponsored child is from,,write letters, and discuss similarities and differences found between cultures. | The Michigan Iron Ore Museum and the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame are just two of the many museums scattered across the U.P. that tell of its heritage. Mining is one of the main sources of prosperity in the area. Ski jumping, a common sport done by the Finns,was a big aspect of winter in the U.P.

12: Pamphlets, flyer's, websites, etc. Students can spend time researching chosen cultures and locations. They can learn to write informational pieces on pamphlets, flyer's, websites, or even on a MixBook. Students can then present their final project and introduce their peers to their chosen culture.

13: sydney harbor bridge | The Culture of the Upper Peninsula Home to only a small portion of Michigan's residents, the U.P. is full of unique heritage and tradition. Most camps or as "Trolls" call them, cottages, are equipped with a sauna and a deer blind. Many of these camps do not have waterfront property, but are surrounded by an abundance of trees. School pride is an important part of any town, no matter how small. Most of the town can be found on a Friday night in the fall at the local football game and on Saturday morning at the greasy spoon. November 15th, is a holiday and most teachers prepare homework in advance for students gone hunting. When walking or running through town, it is common to greet everyone you pass by with a short hello or beautiful day! Finally, pasties and cudighi are a Yoopers' delight. Pasties were originally made for the miners as a filling lunch, but now are eaten by most. Pasties are meat and potatoes stuffed into a bread crust and should be eaten warm with gravy. Cudighi is a spicy sausage brought from Italy and it can be found at many local eateries on sandwiches and pizza. The 4th of July is taken very seriously in many home towns and is a time for classmates to gather from years past. Finally, outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, skiing, kayaking, and snowshoeing keep residents busy and active.

14: Teaching Cultural Literacy can be done in many different ways and can be adapted to better fit your classroom and students!

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19: References | American Psychological Association (APA): cultural literacy. (n.d.). Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon. Retrieved March 14, 2012, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cultural literacy | O'Neil, D. (2009, May 22). What is Culture . In Human Culture . Retrieved March 14, 2012, from http://anthro.palomar.edu/culture/culture_1.htm | O'Neil, D. (2009, May 22). Characteristics of Culture . In Human Culture . Retrieved March 14, 2012, from http://anthro.palomar.edu/culture/culture_2.htm

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