TBH Lesson Plan

Lesson Title: Who's Buried Where - And Why? Finding Cultural Universals with the Ancient Egyptians and Texas Caddo Indians

Subjects: High School World History and World Geography Studies

Grade level: High School

This lesson illustrates that certain human values and practices do not change over time or with location.

Introduction: Cultural universals are the basic behaviors practiced by all cultures, regardless of location or era. Studying cultural universals helps us understand the customs of other societies both historically and in today's multicultural world. Humans burying and honoring their dead is one of these cultural universals. In this lesson, students will discover that burial practices of the Caddo Indians in east Texas around 1000 years ago and those of the ancient Egyptians over 4000 years ago, had a number of interesting differences and similarities.


Lesson Duration: Two 50 minute class periods or one block period

Objectives: Students will define cultural universals and work with a partner to conduct guided research on burial practices of the Caddo Indians in Texas and the ancient Egyptians. After collecting data on the two cultures, they will use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast burial practices of the two cultures and use their research data to write a comparison/contrast essay.


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Assessment: Comparison/Contrast essay

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Cultural Universals

Writing a Comparison/Contrast Essay

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