Essential Question: Why are families important and how do they influence who we are?
1.1 Language, beliefs, customs, and traditions help shape the identity and culture of a family and a community. 1.1a Families are a basic unit of all societies, and different people define family differently. 1.1b People and families of diverse racial, religious, national, and ethnic groups share their beliefs, customs, and traditions, which creates a multicultural community. 1.1c Awareness of America’s rich diversity fosters intercultural understanding. 1.2 There are significant individuals, historical events, and symbols that are important to American cultural identity. 1.2a The study of historical events, historical figures, and folklore enables Americans with diverse cultural backgrounds to feel connected to a common national heritage. 1.2b The Pledge of Allegiance and patriotic songs play an important role in understanding and examining the nation’s history, values, and beliefs.