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British Culture Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Need to discuss British culture with your students? This lesson includes the creation of a class Venn diagram to compare British culture to the students' culture(s) and a partner project to create a snapshot of British culture.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and describe customs and traditions common to British culture
  • compare and contrast British culture to their own culture(s)

Length

45 minutes (2 hours including Extension Activities)

Materials

  • Items typically associated with Great Britain (British flag, tea, picture of Buckingham Palace, etc.)
  • Index cards
  • Copies of the lesson (see below)

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text.

Activity Instruction

  • Show students a variety of items that are commonly associated with Great Britain. Ask them to brainstorm what they know about British culture and daily life.
  • Review the lesson British Culture: Facts and Customs.
  • Divide students into small groups, and provide each group with index cards.
  • Have students discuss the customs and traditions of British culture and create a class Venn diagram comparing British culture to the students' culture(s).
    • In each group, students will discuss the aspects of British culture and their own culture(s).
    • Students will write British culture on half the index cards and the students' culture on the other half of index cards, using what they remember and print outs of the lesson.
    • Draw a large Venn diagram on the board.
    • When the groups have finished their discussions, they will come up and tape the cards to the correct areas on the class' Venn diagram.
    • Discuss the similarities and differences presented on the diagram.
  • Discuss the following questions with the class:
    • Why do you think the British have many customs surrounding the monarchy and British royalty? How is this similar to customs and traditions we may have in regard to celebrities or famous athletes?
    • How do British customs in social etiquette affect the daily lives of British people?
    • What are some other examples of British art and literature that you have experienced?
    • How is Guy Fawkes similar to American Revolutionary War heroes like Paul Revere and John Paul Jones?
  • Have students complete the lesson quiz.

Extension Activities

1. On a poster board, have pairs of students create a snapshot of British culture.

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