Focus on Hawaii will help to highlight Polynesian culture as a non-Western culture. Japanese influence there will also be emphasized. While still keeping the focus on Hawaii, students will lastly be asked to consider how Hawaii has blended the more disparate aspects of American and European culture.
RATIONALE FOR INTEGRATION OF CORE SUBJECTS: As an art project that emphasizes model-building, students will be asked to contstruct physical examples of different aspects of Hawaiian culture. This variety in focus will introduce the student to art forms that are indigenous to the island itself (Art, Music, Dance). Students will also be expected to learn about Hawaii's geographical formation and climate. Since Hawaii has active volcanos, students will be exposed to some introductory information about how volcanoes actually operate (Sciene, Geography). As a way of incorporating environmental and health issues, students will be asked to investigate what happens in a place which experiences volcanic erruption. Does this pose specific health risks? Challenge citizens about how to clean up after the lava has flowed? (Health, Environmental Science). Since the pinapple and sugar plantations have been so central within the Hawaiian economy, students will be asked to think about farming. Does its island formation present certain risks and benefits to the local farmers? (Agricultural Science).