Welcome to UA-TMSE Anthropology Spring 2014!

Welcome to the blog of the Spring 2014 partnership between the University of Alabama’s Department of Anthropology and the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools – Elementary (TMSE)! Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will follow our exploits as we teach an Introduction to Anthropology class to a group of 3rd and 4th graders from TMSE. The … Continue reading “Welcome to UA-TMSE Anthropology Spring 2014!”

September 17th, 2013: Ethnography

For our second meeting, the students broke into their clans again and reviewed their clan characteristic they had created last week. Then each clan had to designate an “ethnographer” that would travel to another clan to learn about their culture and create an ethnography. Ethnography is the way anthropologists study and teach others about different … Continue reading “September 17th, 2013: Ethnography”

September 10th, 2013: Create a Clan

For our first meeting of the semester the students were split up into groups of three and created their own clan. A clan is a group of people who share a common ancestor, real or mythical. The students also learned the following concepts: culture, totem, rite of passage, and symbol and applied them in the … Continue reading “September 10th, 2013: Create a Clan”