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"Highlighting Home" Lesson

In this lesson students will learn about the concept of "home" in the countries of Cambodia, Guatemala, and Guinea.


In this lesson, students will view three videos which were filmed by Peace Corps Volunteers as part of the video series, Highlighting Home. Students will see what makes a place a place "home" in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Guinea.

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Highlighting Home: Cambodia

In Cambodia, close-knit families make a place a home. Watch this video to learn some Khmer words for family members.

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Highlighting Home: Guatemala

Watch to learn about the integral role that corn plays in Guatemalan homes.

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Highlighting Home: Guinea

Watch to learn more about the typical day of a woman in Guinea, and her efforts to create a home.


  • Students will think critically about their own concept of what home means.
  • Students will make cultural comparisons between homes in three different countries around the world.
  • Students will be able to identify Cambodia, Guatemala, and Guinea on a map.



Cambodia Country Map

1. Identify the countries

Start by asking students if they know where the countries of Cambodia, Guatemala, and Guinea are located. Show the three countries on a world map and point out that each is located in a different content.

2. Discuss typical houses

Ask students to make guesses as to what typical houses might look like in each of these countries.

  • Point out that houses might look different in rural areas versus in big cities. (Help students avoid overgeneralizations or stereotypes.)
  • Show a few pictures of a variety of houses in each country to see if students' guesses were accurate. (These can be drawn from the internet.)
  • Compare and contrast some houses in each country.

3. Preview: Defining home

Ask students to reflect on the question: What is the difference between a house and a home?

  • Distribute the student handout Highlighting Home [PDF] and have students complete the Preview section.
    • A Think, Pair, Share method can be used here where students first reflect and write their answers, then pair with a partner to discuss, then share with the whole class.

4. Watch videos

Watch the three short videos about home in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Guinea.

  • Have students answer the questions in the Discover section of their handout as they watch.
  • Each video can be watched twice if necessary (the first time just to watch, and the second time to answer the questions).
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5. Post-viewing: Reflection

Have students reflect on the similarities and differences between the concept of home in each of the three countries.

  • Have students complete the Reflect section of their handout.
  • When complete, ask students to make a Venn Diagram with 3 circles, one for each country. In the center where they overlap, they can list similarities between homes that they saw in the videos, and in the outside portions they can list the differences.
    • This can be done individually or in groups.


  • Have students film a video of their own home! In the video, they should interview a friend or family member about what, in their opinion, makes a home.
  • Language classrooms: ask students to film their video in the language that you are studying! They can take you on a tour of their home and say the name of each room, and possibly what activities they do in that room (depending on their level of proficiency).


National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Theme 1 - Culture: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity.

  • Through experience, observation, and reflection, students will identify elements of culture as well as similarities and differences among cultural groups across time and place.

Theme 2 - Global Connections: Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of global connections and interdependence.

  • Through exposure to various media and first-hand experiences, young learners become aware of how things that happen in one part of the world impact other parts of the world.