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This paper is a description and discussion of a project which incorporates the design for a story-based cultural investigation, based principally on the synthesis of teaching methodologies such as Collaborative Learning, Reader Response Theory and Alternative Assessment and their application to a series of stories. The cultural investigation relies on the application of a five-point graphic model, adapted from the book Teaching Culture: Perspectives in Practice by Patrick R. Moran, which analyzes culture in terms of persons, products, practices, perspectives and community. The paper presents the process by which this project was developed, piloted and assessed, as well as detailed plans for a learner-centered investigation focused on identifying the culture-specific information and perceptions embedded in stories. Suggested texts, teaching materials, worksheets and assessment suggestions are also included.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction