Folk culture - Ms. Stephens` Class

Agenda 01-15-12
Objective: Understanding types of culture
Intro: Videos
Modeling: Explain Independent Practice
Independent Practice: Mash-UP
Exit Tickets
SSSocC1: Students will explain the development and importance of culture.
• a. Describe how culture is a social construction.
• b. Identify the basic characteristics of culture.
• c. Explain the importance of culture as an organizing tool in society.
• d. Describe the components of culture to include language, symbols,
norms, and values.
SSSocC2: Students will evaluate how cultures develop and evolve.
• a. Explain cultural change and diversity include ethnocentrism, cultural
relevance, folk culture, pop culture, counterculture, subculture, and
culture shock.
• b. Compare material and non-material culture.
• c. Analyze the impact of globalization on US and other world cultures.
• Quiz Thursday over everything covered so far
this unit.
“Well hey there… Welcome to class. Do you
know who I am ? How do you know?”
• Groups in society that share values, norms,
and behaviors that are not shared by the
entire population.
• Groups that reject the major values, norms,
and practices of the larger society.
Do you know we are?
Popular Culture
Cultural activities or commercial products
reflecting, suited to, or aimed at the tastes of the general
masses of people.
Sometimes referred to as “Low Culture”. Why?
It is very accessible.
Seems to be less complex and easy to understand, and
therefore available to the masses.
High Culture
The set of cultural products, mainly in the arts, held in
the highest esteem by a culture.
Culture of the Elite
Not very accessible for most people.
Seems more difficult and hard to understand.
High vs Low
• Who gets to decide?
Folk Culture
• Folk culture refers to the lifestyle of a culture.
Historically, handed down through oral tradition,
it demonstrates the "old ways" over novelty and
relates to a sense of community. Folk culture is
quite often imbued with a sense of place.
• Folk Art is not influenced
by movements in academic or fine art circles,
and, in many cases, folk art does not include work
made by professional artists and sold as "high
art" or "fine art" to the society's art patrons.
What does this picture represent?
Independent Practice:
Mash Up Activity
• Research and find an example of each type of
culture discussed today:
• Pop-Culture (Low Culture), Counter Culture,
Folk Culture, Sub Culture, High Culture,
• Explain why each represents this type of
• OR create a Mash-UP.
– Tell me how your mash-up changes the value of
each cultural product

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