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All About Culture

  All of the ways that a group of human beings has learned to interact, both among themselves and with their environment, defines the word culture.  The elements of a culture may take many forms and go through many changes.  Houses, music, clothing and art can be unique to a specific culture.  Yet, each of these things changes over time.

  The way people in a culture raise their children is yet another major element of culture - family.  Families shape and preserve culture, as parents provide their children with models of behavior and ways of viewing the world.  Even in the simple act of sharing meals, people are shaped.  It is within the family unit that one experiences many other aspects of culture for the first time.

  A group's beliefs is another important element that shapes and preserves culture.  Religion and personal beliefs are at the very foundation of culture.  These beliefs are often reflected in traditions.  Basic traditions are shared, remembered, and passed on through repeated ceremonies.  These ceremonies are called rituals.

  Another vital part of culture is the language we speak and the many ways we express our ideas.  Expression comes in the form of music, books, art, and movies.  Words and music tell us who we are by giving voice to our human emotions.  Whether reading a book, visiting a museum, watching television, or going on a vacation, we are taking part in our culture.

  Politics and economics are also cultural expressions.  When we purchase something or vote for political leaders, we add a bit of ourselves.

 Think of some ways your family preserves the culture or traditions of earlier generations?  Discuss and share this with your family.

 

Answer the questions below

 

According to this passage the elements of a culture may take many forms and 

remain constant.

go through many changes.

change yearly.

 

It is within the unit that one experiences many aspects of culture for the first time.

 

Religion and beliefs are at the very foundation of culture.

 

We take in part in our whether reading a book, visiting a museum, watching television, or going on a vacation.

 

When we purchase something we are expressing ourselves through .

 
We express our culture when we for political leaders.
 

Religion and personal beliefs are reflected in .

 
The way we express ourselves comes in the form of 
our language.

music, books, art, and movies.

newspapers.

 
Basic traditions passed on through repeated ceremonies are called
movies.

expression.

rituals.

 
 Houses, music, clothing and art can be unique to a culture.

 

 

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