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Our culture is what makes us all unique and each region different. The Southwest is rooted deeply in Spanish and Mexican culture, and many of the old traditions and values are still prevalent today. For this activity, students will create a 3 cell spider map representing different aspects of the Southwest culture.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 3 cell spider map explaining the culture of the Southwest.

Student Instructions

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write a heading.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short summary of each heading in the space below the illustration.

Lesson Plan Reference

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(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Proficient Emerging Beginning
There are at least three cells in the storyboard. Titles and descriptions accurately depict the culture.
There are two cells in the storyboard. Titles and descriptions accurately depict the culture.
One cell is correct and the title and description are accurate and complete.
The illustrations represent the descriptions using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the descriptions, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the descriptions.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

How to Incorporate Storytelling and Folklore in Southwest Culture Exploration


Introduction to Southwest Storytelling and Folklore

Begin the lesson by introducing students to the concept of storytelling and folklore in Southwest culture. Share examples of traditional stories, legends, or myths from the region. Engage students in a discussion about the significance of storytelling in preserving and passing down cultural traditions and values.


Exploring Southwest Folklore and Stories

Provide students with resources such as books, videos, or guest speakers who can share traditional Southwest stories and folklore. Encourage them to explore these stories and identify common themes, characters, and cultural elements. Guide students in analyzing the structure of storytelling, including the use of oral tradition, symbolism, and the role of storytelling in cultural identity.


Creating and Sharing Southwest Stories

Engage students in a creative activity where they have the opportunity to create their own Southwest-inspired stories or adaptations of traditional tales. Encourage students to share their stories with the class, either through oral storytelling, written narratives, or visual presentations. Discuss the significance of sharing stories as a means of cultural expression.


Reflecting on Cultural Significance

Conclude the lesson with a reflection and discussion about the cultural significance of storytelling and folklore in the Southwest. Encourage students to express what they've learned about the region's culture through storytelling. Explore how these stories connect people to their cultural heritage and the values and beliefs passed down through generations. Discuss the importance of preserving and celebrating cultural stories and traditions.

Frequently Asked Questions about US Regions Southwest - Culture

What are the major Native American tribes and their cultural contributions in the Southwest, and how can visitors engage with their traditions and communities?

The major Native American tribes in the Southwest include the Navajo, Hopi, Apache, Pueblo, and many others, each with unique traditions and languages. Visitors can engage with these cultures by visiting tribal lands, participating in cultural events and festivals, exploring tribal museums and art galleries, and supporting tribal artisans by purchasing traditional crafts.

What are some storyboarding and worksheet ideas for teaching students about the diverse cultural heritage of the Southwest, and how do they enhance the learning experience?

Storyboarding and worksheets can be used to engage students in learning about the Southwest's cultural heritage. For example, students can create storyboards depicting scenes from traditional ceremonies or craft-making processes. Worksheets may include activities like researching and presenting on different tribes, interviewing tribal members, analyzing artifacts, or participating in cultural events. These tools enhance the learning experience by making it interactive, visual, and experiential, allowing students to explore the rich cultural heritage of the region.

How can storytelling and worksheets be used to immerse students in the religious and spiritual traditions of the Southwest?

Storyboards can visually depict spiritual practices and religious ceremonies, while worksheets may involve tasks like researching indigenous belief systems and their impact on the culture of the Southwest.

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