Traditions are all around us. Traditions exist in sports, in the holidays we celebrate, in the interactions we have with families and friends, and also within larger systems of a religious group and geographical areas. This lesson will take students through a process of inquiry to develop empathy and understanding of the impact traditions have on small groups like families and schools, as well as larger groups like geographical cultures. Thinking like a historian, this provides opportunity for students to experience historical research, evaluating the validity of resources, and connect perspective to behaviors and actions.
1. Know how education, diversity, economics, and religion impact settlement patterns, political systems, and overall culture of a group
2. Understand how ideas, concepts, and traditions change over time and with cultural influence and also how traditions impact a system
3. Be able to research and identify impacts from a variety of viewpoints, reflect to learn and grow, and develop presentations to visually display the impact of tradition in cultures