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Ruth Benedict

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Picture of Ruth BenedictMs. Benedict was an anthropologist. The first culture she studied was the American Indian culture. Benedict become successful because she focused on the things she could see instead of the things she could hear. She decided that each culture had its own personality.  Additionally, she helped the government learn about the cultures of Asia and Europe during World War II.

http://www.twu.edu/dsc/benedictI.htm

 

Picture Courtesy Library of Congress

 

 

 

TEKS Objective References:

 

§113.22.b.2.A. (6th Grade Social Studies) History. The student understands the contributions of individuals and groups from various cultures to selected historical and contemporary societies. The student is expected to explain the significance of individuals or groups from selected societies, past and present. 

 

§113.22.b.2.B. (6th Grade Social Studies) History. The student understands the contributions of individuals and groups from various cultures to selected historical and contemporary societies. The student is expected to describe the influence of individual and group achievement on selected historical or contemporary societies.

 

§113.22.b.15.A. (6th Grade Social Studies)  Culture. The student understands the similarities and differences within and among cultures in different societies. The student is expected to define the concepts of culture and culture region.

 

§113.22.b.15.B. (6th Grade Social Studies) Culture. The student understands the similarities and differences within and among cultures in different societies. The student is expected to describe some traits that define cultures.

 

§113.23.b.2.A (7th grade Social Studies) The student understands how individuals, events, and issues prior to the Texas Revolution shaped the history of Texas. The student is expected to compare the cultures of Native Americans in Texas prior to European colonization.

 

 

 

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Teaching Resources

 

Children's books about Native Americans: These books could be used to incorporate language arts into an anthropology unit.  Since Ruth Benedict studied Native American culture these books all revolve around Native American culture. List gathered from http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=347 Children of LaLoche & Friends. (1990).

  • Byron through the Seasons. Fifth House Ltd. (Grades: K-1).
  • Keeshig-Tobias, Lenore. (1991). Bird Talk. Sister Vision (Grades: P-K).

  • Sanderson, Esther. (1990). Two Pairs of Shoes. Pemmican Publications (Grades: P-K).

  • Smith, Cynthia. (2000). Jingle Dancer. Morrow Junior (Grades: P-3).

  • Tapahonso, Luci. (1999). Songs of Shiprock Fair. Kiva (Grades: P-3).

  • Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. (1998). Morning on the Lake. Kids Can Press (Grades P-3).

  • Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. (2000). Skysisters. Kids Can Press (Grades P-3).

  • Wheeler, Bernelda. (1995). Where Did You Get Your Moccasins? Peguis Publications (Grades: P-K)

 

Interdisciplinary Unit on Native Americans: This site has a guide for planning an interdisciplinary unit and has many ideas for activities. http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons/Interdisciplinary/INT0046.html.  

 

Native American Unit Resources: This site includes poems, a book list, and activities to incorporate shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, shared writing, interactive writing, and independent writing. It also includes math activities, art activities, and center ideas. http://comsewogue.k12.ny.us/~rstewart/k2001/Themes/native_americans/native_americans.htm#More%20Ideas.

 

 

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