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Possible focus questions

These questions, and others like them, can be co-constructed with your students, to give more authority to students and motivate interest and engagement. In a topic like this, the promotion of dialogue is an important way to learn content. These questions may be used as starters for a whole unit, or starters as a discussion within a unit.

Line of girls dancing in traditional dress

(Image by Ahinsajain sourced from Flickr)

What is the significance of bringing celebrations and festivals to new countries?

Why do people bring their cultural celebrations and festivals as a part of their identity to a new context?

Could celebrations be 'New Zealandised'? What effect could this have?

Should celebrations be 'New Zealandised'? What effect could this have?

How have Asian cultures influenced New Zealand celebrations?

What other ways can a culture reflect its identity?

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