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Ethnic Legends

By Nupy Flores, Robin Flores
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"How do legends impact American culture in relationships to various ethnic groups in today's society?"

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Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings
  • Traditions of different ethnic groups
  • Cultural lifestyles of different groups of people
  • Understand relationships among various groups of people
  • Understanding different cultural beliefs and how these beliefs helped form our world
  • Importance of keeping cultural traditions alive
Learning Objectives
  • Students will research legends of various ethnic groups
  • Students will create a presentation on 2-3 legends from its respective group
  • Students will analyze and discuss how legends are important in ones culture
  • Students will evaluate the importance of beliefs and whether those legends are still believable in todays society
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Social Studies
Grade 8
SOC-8-11. The student understands the location and characteristics of places and regions of the United States, past and present.
SOC-8-11.B. Compare places and regions of the United States in terms of physical and human characteristics.
SOC-8-24. The student understands the relationships between and among people from various groups, including racial, ethnic, and religious groups, during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
SOC-8-24.A. Identify selected racial, ethnic, and religious groups that settled in the United States and their reasons for immigration.
SOC-8-24.B. Explain the relationship between urbanization and conflicts resulting from differences in religion, social class, and political beliefs.
SOC-8-24.C. Identify ways conflicts between people from various racial, ethnic, and religious groups were resolved.
SOC-8-24.D. Analyze the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to our national identity.
SOC-8-24.E. Identify the political, social, and economic contributions of women to American society.
SOC-8-26. The student understands the impact of religion on the American way of life.
SOC-8-26.A. Trace the development of religious freedom in the United States.
SOC-8-26.B. Describe religious influences on immigration and on social movements, including the impact of the first and second Great Awakenings.
SOC-8-26.C. Analyze the impact of the first amendment guarantees of religious freedom on the American way of life.
SOC-8-27. The student understands the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created.
SOC-8-27.A. Describe developments in art, music, literature, drama, and other cultural activities in the history of the United States.
SOC-8-27.B. Analyze the relationship between fine arts and continuity and change in the American way of life.
SOC-8-27.C. Identify examples of American art, music, and literature that transcend American culture and convey universal themes.
Social Studies Skills
SOC-8-30. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology.
SOC-8-30.A. Differentiate between, locate, and use primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about the United States.
SOC-8-30.B. Analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions.
SOC-8-30.C. Organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps.
SOC-8-30.D. Identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference which influenced the participants.
SOC-8-30.E. Support a point of view on a social studies issue or event.
SOC-8-30.F. Identify bias in written, oral, and visual material.
SOC-8-30.G. Evaluate the validity of a source based on language, corroboration with other sources, and information about the author.
SOC-8-31. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.
SOC-8-31.A. Use social studies terminology correctly.
SOC-8-31.B. Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation.
SOC-8-31.C. Transfer information from one medium to another, including written to visual and statistical to written or visual, using computer software as appropriate.
SOC-8-31.D. Create written, oral, and visual presentations of social studies information.
SOC-8-32. The student uses problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings.
SOC-8-32.A. Use a problem-solving process to identify a problem, gather information, list and consider options, consider advantages and disadvantages, choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution.
SOC-8-32.B. Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision.