What is heritage?

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SWBAT describe orally key attributes of the word heritage.

Big Idea

Each culture has their own unique and special way of expressing their heritage. What is your heritage like?


7 minutes

Summary and Context

Today I analyze the word heritage with my students. My students have been struggling with the word and the concept and so I created a power point presentation to help them out. We will look at different ways that explain heritage.

I activate their prior knowledge and then at the end we come back to add the new knowledge that was learned.


Lesson Opening:

I share the objective to my students on the carpet. Then, I ask them the question:

•What is heritage?

I ask them to turn to their partner and pair-share their knowledge. Then, a few share out loud. I transcribe their response on a circle map.

Heritage Circle Map

PowerPoint Heritage Presentation

15 minutes

Now, I am using a power point presentation on HERITAGE to expand my students' understanding of heritage and to give them an opportunity to share with each other their heritage. As we move through each page, I will ask them questions and they will have a chance to share with their table partner before they share with the whole group. In having pair share, I seek to expand their vocabulary on this topic as well.

For each slide I read the title with them. Each slide has questions. I ask the students to pair share with each other before a few share out loud.

First Slide reads:

These are the questions to pair-share:

•Where were you born?

•What about your parents/grandparents?”

Second Slide reads: 


•What languages do you speak?

•Who taught you how to speak Spanish and English?

Third Slide reads: 

These are the questions:

•What do you celebrate?

•What are your traditions?

Fourth Slide reads: 


•What are your favorite foods?

Fifth Slide reads: 


•What is important to you?

•How do you spend time with your family?

•What do you believe in?

Conclusion/Debriefing Heritage

10 minutes

I gather the students back on the rug. I ask the students to partner up with their rug partner and share with each other what else they learned about heritage. I ask them to choose Partner A and Partner B. Then Partner B gets to ask Partner A the question.

Then, a few share with the whole class. I add that information to the circle map.

I draw my students' attention to their new obtained knowledge. The first responses they gave were written in black and red; these new responses are written in blue and orange.

I ask them whether we met our objective and then bring closure to the lesson.