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Cultural Anthropology Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Students will become anthropologists for a day and learn about the three branches of cultural anthropology. They will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • define cultural anthropology
  • describe the three types of cultural anthropology
  • compare and contrast the three types of cultural anthropology

Length

60 minutes; extension (optional) 30 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • 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 (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.5

Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.6

Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Materials

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students to describe anthropology.
  • Explain that this lesson explores a subset of anthropology, cultural anthropology.
  • Distribute the What is Cultural Anthropology? lesson.
  • Begin the video, pausing at 2:34 to discuss:
    • Define cultural anthropology.
    • Identify various components of cultural anthropology.
    • List the three branches of cultural anthropology.
  • Resume the video, stop at 4:56, and pose the following discussion points:
    • Describe archaeology.
    • Discuss the challenges faced by archaeologists.
    • Explain anthropological linguistics.
    • What is ethnology?
  • Shoulder pair students and ask them to compare and contrast the three branches of cultural anthropology.
  • Allow them to share their fndings.
  • Afterwards, play the 'Lesson Summary', show the lesson quiz and go over as a class.

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