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Proviso West Students Go Beyond Classroom Borders to Experience a Taste of India

Proviso West’s world civilization teachers are working to reach students and expand learning beyond the walls of their classrooms with the 3rd Annual Taste of India.

Each year Proviso West students spend a week studying the culture, religion, and societal structure of early civilizations.  In their study of India, the lesson culminated with an actual taste that takes students beyond the borders and into the worlds of their studies.

“We try to have our students connect what they learn in the classroom to the world at large,” said world civilizations teacher Mr. Colwell. “This is the third time we’ve done a Taste of India. During the event, students sample Indian food and make it a part of their overall studies. It’s just an interesting way to help our students connect to the curriculum. We want to enrich their experiences and have them connect their studies to things, people, and places outside of the classroom.”

Students studied the society of early India and gained an understanding of early civilizations and their contributions to the foundations of human culture. Students say that through their studies, they were able to better examine a world far outside of their own.

“The lessons of India helped me to understand that there is a whole world outside of here,” said Proviso West junior Dylan Corbin. “The people of other cultures have different values. Even the value that they place on education is different.”

Proviso West sophomore Terecita Maraz said, “The Taste of India was great. It was fun, and it was a new experience for me. We explored the food, spices, and traditions from another culture.  We actually got a real taste of India.”

Throughout the rest of the school year, world civilization students will have more exciting hands-on learning opportunities as they study the Renaissance Period, Reformation, and the Age of Exploration.

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