World Cultures


Welcome . . .

Greetings!  I am Mike Jaros eighth grade social studies teacher.  This is my eighth year at NBJH and 11th year overall teaching.  In our World Cultures class, we will study various regions and cultures around the world, especially the China, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Latin America, Europe, Japan, the Koreas, and Africa.

We begin the year with background material on geography, terms and definitions for culture, and a short review on the Cold War.  Throughout the year, we will make reference to the United States and how the U.S. affects other cultures.

China is a leader in the world economy.  We’ll take a look at how China emerged from the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s to the world’s greatest exporter of goods Americans use everyday.  2008 will be an exciting year for the Chinese who showcase their nation in the August summer Olympics.

While studying the Middle East, we will discuss religions and how they affect everyday life, history, and present-day conditions in Iran, Iraq, and Arab-Israeli affairs.

Japan, North Korea, and South Korea are prime examples of cultural diffusion.  We’ll study similarities and differences between the three nations and current events that are in the news.

The second largest continent in the world, Africa is home to a wide variety of cultures from Islamic countries in the desert north, to nations suffering from civil wars and genocide in the center of the continent, and post apartheid South Africa.  Along the way we will discuss the slave trade and how it affected society in Western Africa.

This school year we introduce new units in Latin America and Europe.  Our primary focus will be on current events affecting countries on the two continents.

Much of our discussion will center around current events, and students are invited to bring in articles from newspapers, magazines, and the internet for extra credit.  Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions or comments.


A few of the places we will visit this year are Turkey, with its Blue Mosque; China and the Great Wall; and East Africa with its wide variety of cultures