Feature Added to AtoZ World Culture: Lesson Plans

The World Trade Press editorial team has added a set of 54 detailed lesson plans to the AtoZ World Culture online resource. For anyone teaching language arts, social studies, or a related discipline, these lesson plans will be a huge benefit—simplifying class preparation and engaging students in fun and challenging activities while broadening their cultural understanding.

Here are some of the collection’s features:

  • Pegged to learning standards designed by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS).
  • Inspired by the CCSS “vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century,” which includes understanding perspective differences and cultural differences—what we call cultural literacy.
  • Based on the CCSS recommendation to emphasize “rich tasks,” i.e., those that integrate learning of several different skills at once (independent research, cultural understanding, reading, writing, peer collaboration, public speaking, etc.).
  • Downloadable in Word and PDF formats.

Designed for grades 7 to 12, the lesson plans are effective as-is or may be adapted to suit individual classroom needs. Several variations of each activity are presented. These are based on grade level and time available, ranging from one to as many as five classroom sessions.

For example, the  “Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution” lesson theme is available in different versions for different grades and lengths. In the short version (three 90-minute sessions) for grade 12, students first select two countries with radically different cultures and greeting rituals. They learn how to introduce themselves in their countries of choice, and they collaborate with classmates to write and perform a skit in which the behavioral differences between citizens of the two countries are highlighted. Afterward, they discuss the differences and similarities between the etiquette they just learned and what their own cultural backgrounds have taught them. Other variations of the activity are available for lower grades and a greater number of class sessions.

Each lesson plan includes a lesson sketch, inspirations for the activity, a lesson overview, lesson steps, standards met, supplies needed, and an instructional plan (including student objectives and directions).

This lesson plan collection is available to any AtoZ World Culture subscribing institution.

If you’re not a subscriber to AtoZ World Culture, you can contact World Trade Press for a free trial. Call 1-800-833-8586 (extension 2) or email sales@worldtradepress.com.