CULTURE PROJECT


INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CULTURE SOCIOLOGISTS
MAY 2016 --- MR. ABRAHAM

In Sociology, we investigate what the factors are that make us the person that we are.  Are we a product of Culture or Heredity?  Or maybe a little bit of both?  Culture is defined as the knowledge, customs, and physical objects that are shared by a group.  So, the question begs to ask ---- how much of a different person could we be if we had the same parents but were raised in another culture?  As newly appointed Sociologists, you have received a grant from the Abraham Foundation and been assigned the task of visiting another country and investigating its culture.  In this assignment, you will investigate what the daily life and culture is like for the average person in this country.  You will then create a blog to share your ideas as to what extent culture influences who we are as a person.  In other words, does culture define who a person is or is it more of another factor such as heredity? Be sure to provide evidence to support your opinion.
QUESTIONS TO UNCOVER --- You can use the following questions to elicit posts and responses.
·         What are some of the main cultural beliefs and behaviours in your country?
·         How is your country’s culture different from what you experience in America?
·         What attitudes and beliefs drive their culture?
·         Is the culture in this country changing --- remember “D.I.D” --- and what is driving this change?  Maybe a little Sociological Imagination may have to be used!
·         Compare your country’s culture with that of the United States?  Do you see any positives or negatives between the two?  Watch out for the Ethnocentrism, though!
WHAT WILL YOUR PROJECT LOOK LIKE?
·         You will create a blog (making me a part owner) which may include technologically savvy pieces (video, YouTube, movie, etc.) that address your position and each of the above questions.
·         Your finished blog should also include a visual tour of your country.
·         You will make a food, perform a dance, develop a piece of artwork, share a sport, etc. from your country that highlights their culture to share at our Cultural Fair.
·         Interview a person that is from your country or region.
 

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CULTURE PROJECT RUBRIC
MAY 2016 --- MR. ABRAHAM

 Students will:
Proficient with Distinction
Proficient
Partially Proficient
Substantially Below Proficient
Idea Development
Idea Development
Creates a strong well defined project; uses at least ten supporting examples with documented facts and details
Project is clearly established and defined; examples are supported with some reasons and some details present but not fully developed.
Project is not clearly established; development of project is brief; unsupported statements; minimal facts and details used.
Project establishes no clear position on the statement; undeveloped reasons; no facts used.

Ex./Criteria Students will develop a project on their country that takes a position on the effect of culture  on individuals and clearly investigates the culture of the average person in their country.  Many examples are used.

 Students will:
Proficient with Distinction
Proficient
Partially Proficient
Substantially Below Proficient
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate  tools and resources
  identifies and defines authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
identifies and defines problems and questions for investigation
defines  problems and questions for investigation
uses questions developed by others for investigation

Ex./Criteria Students will use critical thinking skills to completely investigate the culture of their country

 Students will:
Proficient with Distinction
Proficient
Partially Proficient
Substantially Below Proficient
Creativity and Innovation
demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
·      applies prior knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
·         applies prior knowledge to generate  ideas, products, or processes.
·      applies prior knowledge to generate  ideas  and products,
·      creates product based on prior knowledge

Ex./Criteria: Students will generate a project that is both creative and informative.

 Students will:
Proficient with Distinction
Proficient
Partially Proficient
Substantially Below Proficient
Digital Citizenship
understand  societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior
a advocates and practices safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
a exhibits a positive attitude toward using technology
a demonstrates leadership for digital citizenship.
a practices safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
a  exhibits a positive attitude toward using technology
a  demonstrates an understanding of  digital citizenship.
a  practices safe, and legal, use of information and technology.




a is aware of the need for and practices digital citizenship.
a  uses  information and technology without giving thought to authority or copyright

Ex./Criteria:  Students will use multiple sources and document all sources where due.

 Students will:
Proficient with Distinction
Proficient
Partially Proficient
Substantially Below Proficient
Mechanics

Punctuation, spelling and capitalization are correct.  Research is well documented using MLA format.
Punctuation, spelling and capitalization are mostly correct.  Evidence of MLA documentation is clear.
Punctuation, spelling and capitalization are partially correct.  Documentation of research needs improvement.
There are many punctuation, spelling and capitalization errors. Effort to document research is limited.

Ex./Criteria

 Students will:
Proficient with Distinction
Proficient
Partially Proficient
Substantially Below Proficient
Management of Time
Management of Time
Project is submitted on time; effective use of class time;
Submitted on time; good use of class time; evidence of effort outside of class time.
Work is incomplete for class; use of class time needs improvement; out of class preparation minimal.
Work is late; inappropriate use of class time; no evidence of out of class effort.

Ex./Criteria