Holidays and Observances:
Looking at Diversity and Culture
Holidays all over the world provide a meaningful theme for student reading,
writing, and researching. Students can share their own experiences and knowledge,
and learn about other people, places, and customs. This unit is also an
opportunity to address diversity and culture.
- Reading, writing (pre-writing, composing, revision, and editing),
Students will be able to:
- Write a personal narrative
- Use art as a pre-writing activity
- Research a topic of their choice
- Write a report on their research
National Reporting System of Adult Education standards are applicable here.
These are the standards required by the 1998 Workforce Investment Act. See
Although this unit can be very low tech, you can use media to enrich the
lessons. Some of these Web sites provide very detailed lists of holidays
from many cultures, including some obscure holidays. Here are some Web sites
for the research parts of the unit.
Foam core, poster board, or bulletin boards are needed for the displays
the students make in the Culminating Activity. The displays
and the artwork in Activity 1 will be more creative with construction paper,
markers, crayons, and colored pens.
Prep for Teachers
Complete all the writing assignments yourself before asking students to
do them. Review Web sites before sending students to the links. If you want
to use books or other print materials for the research part of this, that
requires some preparation. If your program has its own library, you need
to gather some books about holidays, customs, and traditions. If you dont
have a library of your own, check out the local public library. Some libraries
allow programs to take out deposit collections for your programs use.