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CultureGrams Reviewers Needed!

A crowd of youngsters gather to watch a break-dance competition in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Salym Fayad.

If you’re familiar with CultureGrams, you know that one of the things that makes our product stand out is the “native perspective” of much of the information in our country, state, and province reports. CultureGrams goes beyond statistics to explore not only the history of a place, but also the culture and day-to-day lives of residents of that location, including topics like dating and marriage rituals, eating habits, life as a kid, and much more.

CultureGrams is able to capture this unique perspective because we work with native reviewers and other country experts to portray what life is really like for people living in the locations covered by our reports.

For instance, did you know that in Sierra Leone, a baby’s umbilical cord is placed under a new tree before it is planted? Or that in Kazakhstan, newlyweds visit local landmarks after the wedding ceremony? This is the type of unique information CultureGrams can provide its customers because of the perspectives native reviewers share with us.

Because we’re continually updating, reviewing, and expanding our country, state, and province reports, we’re always looking for reviewers to help us make sure the reports and other features (like photos and recipes) are up to date with the latest and most accurate information.

If you’re a native or country expert for any of the places below, and are interested helping us review our reports, please visit our website to learn more about the project and qualifications and fill out an application.

Countries

Armenia Ghana Mali Slovakia  West Bank and Gaza
Bangladesh Greece Mauritania Slovenia  Yemen
Belarus Haiti Mexico South Sudan  
Cape Verde Iran Moldova Sri Lanka  
Costa Rica Italy Mongolia Suriname  
Croatia Jamaica Norway  Togo  
Dominican Republic Kenya Pakistan  Tonga  
Ethiopia Madagascar Romania Tunisia  
 Fiji Malawi Serbia UAE  

 

U.S. States and Canadian Provinces

Alaska Kansas New Mexico Northwest Territories (Canadian territory)
Idaho Nebraska Oklahoma  
Minnesota Missouri South Dakota  

 

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CultureGrams—Teaching Activities: Understanding Election Results

Did you know that CultureGrams offers almost 80 free teaching activities to its subscribers? If you don’t have access to CultureGrams, enjoy this free teaching activity today and sign up for a free trial of the product to access more.

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CultureGrams USA map

Understanding Election Results

Grade level: K–5

Objective: Students will learn about the Electoral College while understanding the numerical basis for election results and
practicing various computations.

Common Core State Standards Initiative: Anchor Standards for Reading: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7. Integrate and evaluate content presented
in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Time Requirement
Preparation: 40 minutes
In-class: 2 hours, two different days; less, if some is done as homework

Materials: CultureGrams States Edition

Instructions
1. Begin by handing out a printout of the PDF outline map of the U.S. to each student, along with coloring utensils. Give the students a list of which states voted for Mitt Romney (color red) in the
2012 presidential election and which states voted for Barack Obama (color blue) and have them color in the map accordingly.
2. When the students are done, tell them that the country was split fairly evenly in this election, with 51% of the nation voting for Obama and 47% voting for Romney. Yet, from looking at the amount of red on the election map, they might think that far more people voted for Romney. Talk about how the Electoral College works, explaining that each state gets a number of electoral votes based on its total number of senators and representatives, the latter of which is based on population.
3. Using this formula (senators + representatives = electoral votes), have the students use the information in the Government section of the CultureGrams States Edition to fill in their map with the numbers of electoral votes each state has. Compare the sum of the blue states’ electoral votes and those of the red states. Are they closer than the map makes them appear?
4. Explain to students that, typically, it is thought that states that are home to large urban populations (and are therefore more densely populated) tend to be democrat, while those home to rural populations (and therefore more sparsely populated) tend to be republican. Have students test this assumption using the Create-Your-Own-Table function in the States Edition. Have students create tables that display the population densities (population per sq. mi.) for both red and blue states. Using this data, have them create and compare averages for each group. What do their findings prove?

Questions for further discussion
1. Why might more densely populated states vote democratic, while more sparsely populated ones vote
republican?
2. The Electoral College has come under fire as being out of date and unfair. Do the students agree?
Why or why not?

Extension activity
Provide electoral maps for several past presidential elections. As they compare the maps, they should note which states should be classified as “swing states”; that is, which states alternate between voting for republican and democratic candidates.

CultureGrams: Now with Google Drive Integration

CultureGrams is excited to announce the addition of brand new feature to our site, Google Drive integration! CultureGrams users can now export any text from the World, Kids, States, and Provinces Editions directly to their Google Drives. This important new functionality allows students and teachers to more easily integrate CultureGrams content into their daily cloud-based workflow. Curious to see how it works? Check out the demo video below to see how you can start saving your favorite cultural reports, recipes, famous people, and interviews to your Google Drive. Enjoy!

CultureGrams: U.S. State Symbols

New York State Symbols

CultureGrams States Edition: New York Report via ProQuest CultureGrams

Do want to impress your friends with the breadth of your cultural and geographic knowledge of the United States? Do you want to provide your students with a learning opportunity that is sure to engage their interest? One way to do that is to learn about the state symbols for your state. Or even better, become familiar with symbols for other states as well. You can find this content in the CultureGrams States Edition, under Fun Facts & Contacts in the left navigation bar. Once you’re there, you’ll find the state bird (and its associated bird call), the state tree, the state flower, and other state symbols for every state. Plus, you will find a list of other interesting state symbols. You may even find some more unusual symbols such as a state cookie, a state musical instrument, a state dance, a state insect, and even a state firearm. Who doesn’t want to know these fun facts?

For a classroom activity, you could assign students to dig a little deeper, assigning them to do further research on these symbols. They could find out more information about the symbols themselves, or discover why the symbols were chosen to represent their state. Furthermore, you could divide your students into small groups and ask each group to give a brief presentation on a symbol or make a poster to hang up in the classroom.

Whatever approach you choose, students are bound to be curious about the plants, animals, rocks, foods, fossils, and songs that represent their state.

CultureGrams Statehood Quiz

States Edition Map

The United States hasn’t always had 50 states. That number has grown over time as states were admitted to the Union. So let’s see if you can correctly identify the order that the ten selected states below were added to the United States. You don’t need to know the precise dates of statehood, but we challenge you to put the following list of states in chronological order, starting with the earliest state first, according to when they were admitted to the Union. If you aren’t sure, you are welcome to make educated guesses based on your knowledge of history and geography

  • Florida
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Illinois

When you are done with your list, you can check your answers against the answer key in the comments section. You can also see a complete list of the dates and order of statehood for all the states here in CultureGrams.

Good luck!

April Training Webinars Posted

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CultureGrams: Help Us Review Our Reports!

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If you’re familiar with CultureGrams, you know that one of the things that makes our product stand out is the “native perspective” of much of the information in our country, state, and province reports. CultureGrams goes beyond statistics to explore not only the history of a place, but also the culture and day-to-day lives of residents of that location, including topics like dating and marriage rituals, eating habits, life as a kid, and much more.

CultureGrams is able to capture this unique perspective because we work with native reviewers and other country experts to portray what life is really like for people living in the locations covered by our reports.

For instance, did you know that in Sierra Leone, a baby’s umbilical cord is placed under a new tree before it is planted? Or that in Kazakhstan, newlyweds visit local landmarks after the wedding ceremony? This is the type of unique information CultureGrams can provide its customers because of the perspectives native reviewers share with us.

Because we’re continually updating, reviewing, and expanding our country, state, and province reports, we’re always looking for reviewers to help us make sure the reports and other features (like photos and recipes) are up to date with the latest and most accurate information.

If you’re a native or country expert for any of the places below, and are interested helping us review our reports, please visit our website to learn more about the project and qualifications and fill out an application.

Countries

Afghanistan American Samoa Belarus Belgium
Bulgaria Burkina Faso Central African Republic Comoros
Congo (Republic of) Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) El Salvador Faroe Islands
French Polynesia Gabon Greenland Guinea
Guyana Honduras Kiribati Lesotho
Marshall Islands Mauritius Micronesia Montserrat
Mozambique Nauru Nepal New Caledonia
Nigeria Niue Palau Paraguay
Saint Kitts and Nevis São Tomé and Príncipe Seychelles Singapore
Sudan Thailand Timor-Leste (East Timor) Togo
Tuvalu USA U.S. Virgin Islands Vanuatu
Venezuela Vietnam

U.S. States

Alaska Arkansas Idaho Kansas
Kentucky Maryland Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Mexico Oklahoma South Dakota

Canadian Provinces

Northwest Territories Ontario

Updating and Reviewing CultureGrams Reports

CultureGrams Landing Page

CultureGrams Landing Page via ProQuest

CultureGrams editors put forth a lot of effort in making sure that the content in our country, state, and province reports is both accurate and up-to-date. And, unlike some of our competitors, our commitment to providing reliable cultural content doesn’t end once our reports are created initially. We continually update, review, and expand our reports for the benefit of our customers. Our reports change because people and places change. Below is an explanation of some of our most important content revision processes.

  1. Weekly updates–When we say that CultureGrams reports are  “updated” weekly, we mean that our editors follow the news and incorporate any major news events into the history sections of the World reports and the timelines of the Kids, States, and Provinces reports. Where there are changes in the head of state and/or government, those are included as well. As the editors do their weekly updates, they may update other sections of the texts as well, but the focus is on history and government.
  2. Statistical updates–The statistical information in all of our reports is updated by the editors once a year, as new statistics are available.
  3. Major updates–Each report is given a thorough going over  by the editors about once a year to make sure that all of the content is up-to-date. It also includes reviewing the photo galleries and other content. In the Kids, States, and Provinces editions, the major update may also include expanding the most recent history section in a report or adding a new history section, if needed.
  4. Reviews–Reviews usually occur on about a five-year cycle. And they involve getting feedback from native or long-term residents rather than just through the research of our editors. These reviews from insiders help us keep the information in the reports accurate and up-to-date. When revisions are warranted, we make them.
  5. Expansions–For the past several years now, we’ve been working hard to expand the cultural content of our existing World Edition reports by at least 50%. The focus is on the cultural content primarily. The expansion process involves the contributions of a native or long-term resident for each country, who writes new content for us. Then that content is reviewed by another native or long-term resident.

If you have any questions about these processes, please let us know.

CultureGrams: We Want Video of Your State!

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If you’ve ever explored the CultureGrams Video Gallery, you know that we have great content from around the world, including people cooking, kids working and playing, citizens celebrating holidays, and much more. But you may have noticed that we don’t have very many videos from the USA. We are asking for your help in solving this problem!

If you have digital video of your state, you could get paid for it!

You could film things like

  • scenery
  • food
  • people (including interviews)
  • cultural topics

and more!

To get ideas of other things to film, read through the report for your state and for the United States.

Leave a comment here or email us at cgeditors<at>proquest<dot>com for more details about subjects to film, technical requirements, and payment.

We look forward to seeing your video in CultureGrams!

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