The Culture Wheel

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What makes us who we are?

Our culture! And as the world becomes more interconnected, cultures mix, mingle and swirl to create sub-cultures and each of us arguably has a unique sub-sub-culture.

My (awesome) principal a few years ago introduced the culture wheel assignment to us teachers during the orientation/prep week prior to the beginning of the school year. It was an almost entirely new staff, and by drawing and writing about our own personal cultures—and then presenting them to the group and discussing them—we all got to know each other well and quickly formed strong bonds. In September, I asked my three co-homeschooled/fifth grade students to each create one of their own as well.

Here is an example:

Break down a circle (100%) into parts. (My example is in the photo above.)

Other categories could be sports, nature, cooking, language, religion, personality, humor, and so on. Then, write a brief essay explaining why you chose each category and assigned it the piece of the pie that you did.

What makes me me?

What is my personal culture?

What/who/where influences me and affect my day to day life?

How does it influence me?

2 thoughts on “The Culture Wheel

  1. This is a lovely idea! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about cultures and ethnic identities, and just how mixed so many of us are today. It’s a beautiful microcosm for the way the world is globalizing (for the good and bad and everything in between) and how we are all a part of each other if we would only pause to communicate with one another. And ask each other questions. And listen to the answers. I might do this exercise with my nieces. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Thanks, Lori! It is a really great practice and one that can be redone every year to see how our personal cultures change with time. I hope your nieces and you will enjoy it.

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