Appreciating Cultural Differences

People around the world do things in different ways. The way people greet one another is a good example of cultural diversity.

Greetings are Different throughout the World

A. Sample Cultural Areas of the World
Using a map of the globe designate areas. Students can have their own copy of a map and identify the regions after the instructor presents.

B. Identify Western, Middle Eastern and Eastern Regions

C. Model the different styles
Eastern: bow, Middle Eastern: Embrace, Western: Hand

Have the students participate in taking turns doing different greetings. It's a simple example of how people around the world do the same thing in different ways.

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