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Professor & Students

Both children and adults learn best when they are engaged, challenged and excited --- and cross-cultural learning can provide exactly that needed excitement. World Culture USA offers educators and students a highly accessible window into a world at once exotic and close to home, which can be easily adapted to a variety of exciting lesson plans.

Advantages include:

  • Reading is encouraged by stimulating text in manageable sections.

  • Writing prompts can include essays, reaction and related original work.

  • Social studies and history lessons are relevant, inclusive and vibrant.

  • Content is adaptable to a wide range of ages and abilities.

  • Related field trips may be as close as a local museum or festival.  

To explore lesson plan ideas, hover over a content area below.

Factors based on grade level and setting include:  

College, high school, and adult education classes will benefit from the attention-grabbing, accessible website text, which can then be enhanced by use of linked resources offering a higher reading level and more scholarly analysis.  Students may be knowledgeable about their own cultural backgrounds, enhancing classroom discussions and adding new perspectives. 

Middle school classes will find the reading level of the website accessible but challenging, and may also use some linked resources.  Many students may be interested and even eager to discuss their own cultural backgrounds, while others may be less comfortable or knowledgeable.

Elementary classes may need help reading the website text, with the teacher reading to younger students or assisting older students to read aloud.  The Media Spotlight feature found on most culture pages, especially its Books for Kids box, offers fun resources at elementary student reading levels. 

Scout groups, religious youth groups, and other community organizations will find resources to enhance their own existing programming promoting intercultural awareness.  For example, several Girl Scout and Boy Scout badges feature intercultural understanding, as do traditions such as the World Scout Jamboree or World Thinking Day.

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