United States: Society and Culture


World Cultures North America United States: Society and Culture
Students are introduced to American culture by watching a movie trailer in Spanish. They consider the global influence of American culture. Then they learn about various aspects of American culture, choosing one aspect and researching it to create a presentation. Finally, students predict the future cultural impacts of technology in the United States.

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In this experience, students are introduced to American culture by watching a movie trailer in Spanish. They consider the global influence of American culture. Then they learn about various aspects of American culture, choosing one aspect and researching it to create a presentation. Finally, students predict the future cultural impacts of technology in the United States.

Objectives:

  • Identify and explain major elements of contemporary American culture.
  • Describe the influence of American culture throughout the world.
  • Describe multiculturalism in the United States.


What do you like most about living in the United States? There’s a good chance that part of what you enjoy is American culture—movies, music, fashion, or art. In this experience you will take a look at the range of American culture and the influence that the diverse population has on it.

Objectives:

  • Identify and explain major elements of contemporary American culture.
  • Describe the influence of American culture throughout the world.
  • Describe multiculturalism in the United States.




To begin your exploration of American culture and society, watch the following movie trailer for the movie Frozen


What do you notice about the trailer?



The trailer is in Spanish.


What does the fact that this movie is translated into another language tell you?

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Discuss student responses. Guide them to see that the translation reveals that the movie appeals to an audience beyond just English-speakers. It also suggests that some American viewers will be speakers of Spanish. Ask students “What influence do you think American movies like Frozen have around the world?”


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