This unit was developed by Tian Kun, Ibrahim Khaled, Zhao Shuang, and Tan Lihua during the TCLP 2013-2014 Spring Workshop. See the unit map for more details.
• Students will be able to explore and acquire knowledge about American culture in terms of holidays in the US by using proficiently resources, affective strategies and taking part in classroom interactions with teacher’s guidance.
• Students will be able to know major holidays in the US (Halloween; Thanksgiving and Christmas) in terms of the time; images and symbols; festivities; etc.)
• Students will be able to identify the similarities and differences between Chinese/ Arabic Holidays and the US holiday celebrations by comparing American cultural products and artifacts and the students’ own.
• Students will be able to understand the basic values in America; know the essence of festivity in America;
• Students will be able to interpret the cultural phenomena and present their knowledge and understanding of the very important holidays in the US.
• Students will be able to view the world from different perspectives and develop new appreciation of their native culture.
• Students will be able to reflect on and examine their progress, process and adopted strategies.
Halloween in the US - Lesson by Zhao Shuang
What are the similarities and differences between Halloween in the US and Qing Ming Festival in China?
Thanksgiving in the US - Lesson by Tan Lihua
What are the similarities and differences between Thanksgiving in the US and Mid-autumn festival in China?
Christmas in the US - Lesson by Ibrahim Khaled
What are the similarities and differences between Christmas in the US and Spring Festival in China/ New Year in Egypt?