Essay about Cultural Research Project : American Family

1153 Words Oct 29th, 2014 5 Pages
Cultural Research Project During the late 50s and early 60s the typical American family was seen as two married, same-race parents: a mother and a father, with their children. This is portrayed throughout various American television programs, especially in the classic sitcom, Leave it to Beaver. As time progressed American audiences of the late 60s and early 70s, began seeing more unique family situations, such as the two previously married parents in The Brady Bunch. Their family consisted of a single-father with three boys and a single-mother with three girls, coming together, and forming a new family. Traditionally speaking the common American family consists of two single race, heterosexual parents and their children. More recently audiences are seeing mixed race families with homosexual parents or even single parents raising their children alone. This vast variety of the modern family is bound to bring up questions from students in the classroom, which is why it is so important for teachers to incorporate some sort of discussion in their curriculum. For my artifact, I chose to use the preview of the documentary What Makes a Family? as a way to introduce a potential class to the discussion of different family types. I selected this documentary preview because it covers several different family types in a short period of time, which is good for the short attention spans in the classroom. The video is great because it portrays all family types in a positive light which…

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