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Global Perspectives

Instructor: Mark Bowersox

Discipline: Social Studies

Grade Level: 6th 7th & 8th
Global Perspectives Course
• to prepare our students for the multicultural nature of our
American society
• to develop a global awareness and appreciation of people
from cultures all over the world
• to help students to understand and appreciate the diversity in
our nation and the world
• to help students develop a sense of ethnic heritage and self
respect for each individual

Grades 6 and 7
• the historical and cultural backgrounds of the various groups
living in the United States

Grade 8
6th & 7th Grade Course Outline
* Global Village
* Ethnic Heritage Activity

* The American Salad: examines the history and background of the various groups that make
up our great multicultural society:

Native Americans (below 1%)
Anglo Americans 70%
African Americans 10%
Asian Americans 4%
Hispanic Americans 15%
Various sub-groups (below 1%)

* The American Civil Rights Movement

* Disabilities, Handicaps & Exceptionalities
Coming to America
Mr. Bowersox
A Chronological History of
Immigration to America
The United States of America is one of the greatest
countries in the world today.
This country is unique in that it is made up of people
whose ancestors came from all over the world to better
their lives.
Freedom is the motivation that continues to attract people
to this great land, the land of opportunity.
The following slides will provide a basic understanding of
why we are fortunate to live in the U.S.A.
Global Perspectives Vocabulary
• Ancestry
• Humanity
• Race
• Ethnicity
• Nationality
• Civil Rights
• Prejudice
• Bias
• Bigotry
• Discrimination
• Segregation
• Integration
• Tolerance
• Non-Violence
• Segregation: Practice of separating groups of
– Examples:
• Public education
• Public transportation (bus, train, taxi service, etc.)
• Lunch counters
• Parks
• Swimming pools
• Etc.
• Bias: An inclination for or against someone or
something that inhibits impartial judgment. Also
means prejudice.
– Examples:
• Choosing sides
• Favoring one over another
• Officiating sports contests
• Willingness to kill certain species of life forms
• Discrimination: Prejudice or partiality in attitudes or actions.
– Groups that might be discriminated against would be:
• Racial groups
• Ethnic groups
• Religious groups
• Age groups (teens, elderly)
• Disabled or handicapped
• Gender
• Sexual orientation
• Socio-economic status
• Etc.
8 Grade Course

• Review 7th Grade Outline for continuity
American perspective v. Global perspective

• 8 Aspects of Human Culture Topical Outline:
Natural Environments
Family Patterns & Traditions
Economic Patterns
Human Culture
Human culture is defined as the way of life of
the various peoples of the world.

EQ: What aspects of human culture are
common to all peoples in the world?
I. Human Environments
There are two kinds of environment:

NATURAL: surroundings that consist of natural
characteristics such as vegetation, landforms, wildlife
and climate.

PEOPLE-MADE: surroundings that have been
modified or adapted by people living in an area.

EQ: How does our environment affect what food we eat,
the clothing we wear, and the shelters we live in?
II. Family Patterns
• Marriage customs
• Children rearing
• Roles of family members
• Family values, customs & traditions
EQ: What are the various family structures
found in the U.S. today and how have they
changed since World War II?
III. Economic Patterns
• Trade / Money
• Transportation
• Labor
• Technology
• Credit
• Free Enterprise System

EQ: What is the relationship between going to school and
making a living in the future?
IV. Language
• Forms of Communication


EQ: Will there ever be a “universal” language that is
understood by all the people of the Earth?
V. Government
• Political Organization
• Laws & Penalties
• War & Weapons

EQ: Why is “democracy” the best form of
VI. Religion
• Monotheistic / Polytheistic
• Founder
• Sacred Texts
• Beliefs
• Temples

EQ: What do the major religions of the world
have in common?
VII. Education
• Purpose
• Structure
• Literacy Rates
• Public / Private
• Tracking

EQ: Why does a culture need education?
VIII. Aesthetics

EQ: How does art and music affect our personal
EQ: Does art mirror life or does life mirror art?
This three-day unit will consist of the following activities:

 A mini-history of various holocausts in recorded history.
 A focused overview of the German Holocaust of the 1930’s
& 1940’s.
 Vocabulary of the Holocaust.
 Film clips of Documentaries
 Internet Research Activity of various aspects such as:
concentration camps / death camps / survivor stories
Virtual Tour of the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.
Perspectives in Religion
• Tolerance for Diversity (objective)

• Big Bang v. Creation (Darwinism v. Intelligent Design)

• World Religions (comparative survey of major faiths)
Global Perspectives

Examples of student projects
Black History Month
Although Black History Month is celebrated in
February, the contributions of African Americans as
well as notables of other ethnic groups are
acknowledged throughout the year.
Jazz Musicians of the 20th
Top 7 Famous African-American
Who Played Baseball

PowerPoint made by: Nicholas
Jackie R. Robinson
• Jackie was the first
African-American to
play in the Major
• Jackie grew up in
Pasadena, CA where
he became a good
athlete in high school
and junior college.
James(cool papa)Bell
• James was a member of
the Negro Leagues.
• He was considered the
fastest player in
• He also coached for the
Kansas City Monarchs
teaching people like
Jackie Robinson.
Josh Gibson
• Josh was called the
Babe Ruth of the
Negro Leagues.
• He played for17 years
for the Pittsburgh
Crawfords and the
Homestead Grays.
Henry L. Aaron
(1934- )
• He was in the first
group of blacks to
play a full career in
the Major Leagues.
• Hank Aaron broke
Babe Ruth’s record of
714 homeruns, Hank
got 755, until Barry
Bonds got his 756th
Rickey H. Henderson
(1958- )
• An outfielder for many
baseball teams
• He was one of the
most memorable
base stealers in
history with 1,046
stolen bases.
Dave Winifield
(1951- )
• He played in 12 all-
star games in a 21
year career.
• At age 41 he helped
lead the Toronto to
the World Series.
Barry Bonds
(1964- )
• His father, Bobby
Bonds, was an
outfielder for the San
Francisco Giants.
• In 2001 Bonds made
history by smacking
73 homeruns, beating
Mark McGwire 1998
Civil Rights Movement
1954 – 1968
by: Kane Fuhrman

The following photos will serve as a visual timeline of people and
events that helped shape the history of the American society. The
quest for social equality and justice was led by Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. in a non-violent revolution. The Supreme Court’s decision
to integrate public schools, Emmett Till’s murder, the arrest of Rosa
Parks, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott led by Dr. King kicked off a
chain of events that would change our society for the better. The
Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would
eliminate legal segregation and discrimination in our nation. All of
America’s people can now have equal opportunities to live in a
society that protects their freedom.
Brown v Board of Education of
Topeka, Kansas 1954
Rosa Parks
1914 - 2005
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Little Rock Nine
September 4, 1957
First Lunch Counter Sit-In
Woolworth’s – Greensboro, North Carolina
Ruby Bridges
First Black child to enter an all-white elementary school in the South
Freedom Riders
Attacked by KKK in Alabama
Children’s March
Birmingham, Alabama 1963
Children’s March 1963
August 28, 1963
16th Street Baptist Church
Victims of the KKK
September 15, 1963
President John F. Kennedy
1917 - 1963
Andrew Goodman – James Cheyney – Michael Schwerner
Civil Rights Workers murdered by KKK
Mississippi - 1964
Bloody Sunday
Selma to Montgomery March
King’s Assassination
Memphis, Tennessee
April 4, 1968
President Barack Obama
Guest Speakers

Various guest speakers are invited to the
classroom to share their life experiences and
unique perspectives.
Roger Leister

Guest Speaker Topic:
Perspectives of a WW II Veteran
Theodore Jenkins

Guest Speaker Topic:
Prisoner of War
Sgt. Timothy Brady

Guest Speaker Topic:
Military & Iraqi Culture
Francy Zepeda

Guest Speaker Topic:
Hispanic Culture
Kenneth Potter

Guest Speaker Topic:
Economics & Entrepreneurship
Kyle Barnhart

Guest Speaker Topic:
Language Exceptionalities