Multicultural Lesson Plans and Resources
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Collections/ General Multicultural Lesson Plans and Resources
Diversity Council Lesson Plans and Activities
Many lesson plans organized by grade level.

Multiculturalism and Diversity
Articles, resources, and lesson plans from Scholastic.

Lesson Plans: Multiculturalism
For grades 9 -12  using PBS documentary film clips.

Multiculturalism and Story Telling
Many lesson plans from the Center for Documentary Expression and Art.

Lesson Plans: Multicultural Awareness
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a large number of lesson plans organized by grade level and subject.

Multicultural Cross-Grade Level Unit Plan|
A unit designed to help primary- rade students relate to other cultures of the world.

America: A Home for Every Culture
A lesson plan for grades 3-4 consisting of ten 45-minute sessions.

Commonality in Diversity
A WebQuest for the secondary grades. See also Immigration and Cultural Diversity WebQuest.

Multicultural Lessons
Three lesson plans
provided as examples of curriculum integration of multiculturalism in the classroom

Multicultural Pavilion
Provides a working definition, original essays and articles, a teacher's corner with classroom activities and resources, as well as links to a variety of multicultural sites.

Multicultural Education
Lesson plans from Mr. Donn including their original lesson plan., What Is Culture?

Changing Attitudes in America
Contains six lesson plans related to racism as well as a great deal of background information.

EDSITEment
Interesting lesson plans in a variety of subjects. Though not all the lesson plans are multicultural, they do all seem to be of high quality. Perhaps a good source for holistic education ideas.

Multicultural Calendar
A calendar of holidays and events celebrated around the world.


Teaching Tolerance
Classroom Activities from Tolerance.org
Many excellent activities for a variety of subjects and lesson plans.

Teaching Tolerance 
Five lesson ideas from Education World.  See Teaching Tolerance: Additional Resources for a list of links to additional lesson plans.  

Museum of Tolerance: Lessons and Activities
A Teacher's Guide, lesson plans, and rubrics.

Teaching Tolerance ~ Lesson Plans
Several lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from One World, One Heart Beating.

Tolerance Lessons and Materials
From the Tolerance Projsct.

Art Activities and Lesson Plans for Exploring Tolerance    
A long list. 

An Approach to Teaching Religious Tolerance
A high school lesson plan.

Tolerance in Times of Trial
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from PBS America Responds that explores "the problems inherent in assigning blame to populations or nations of people."

Teaching Tolerance and Diversity
A middle-school lesson plan using The Diary of Anne Frank.

Understanding Stereotypes
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education.  

Discrimination
A 6th-grade lesson plan from the Social Studies School Service.

Multicultural Art Lessons
Melissa's Myriad
Scroll down the page to find many art lesson plans including some that are multicultural.

Multicultural Lesson Plans
Art lesson plans from Blick Art Resources.

Multicultural Art and Craft Lesson Plans and Activities
From Kinder Art.

Pinterest Multicultural Art Lessons
Many lesson ideas with images of completed projects.

Art Activities and Lesson Plans for Exploring Tolerance    
A long list. 

Multicultural Art
Many lesson plans from Teach Kids Art.

Language through Art
An ESL curriculum.

Romare Bearden-Style Collages
An art lesson plan based on the work of African American artist Romare Bearden.

Islamic Foil Art
This art activity, which is appropriate for many grade levels, may be just what you need for your multidisciplinary unit on Islam. 

Sketches of the South Pacific: Multicultural Art Lesson
A middle-grade lesson plan from Bright Hub Education.

Textured Pottery Using Self-Hardening Clay and Multicultural Designs Using Aboriginal, Asian, Islamic, and Pre-Columbian Patterns
A lesson plan from AMACO Products.

Japan: Images of People
A unit designed to help students understand Japanese painting and culture.

Multicultural Literature/Language Arts Lessons
K-5 Language Arts Multicultural Education Curriculum Matrix
Lesson plans from the School District of Palm Beech County Florida. See also their lesson plans for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Global Diversity Through Literature
A primary-grade lesson plan.

Examining African-American Culture Through the Use of Children’s Literature
A 3rd-grade unit plan.

America The Beautiful! : Lesson Plan Using Multicultural Literature
A 3rd-grade lesson plan.

Rosa Parks
An on-line interview as well as lesson plans and resources.

Ruby Bridges
A 2nd or 3rd-grade unit on Ruby Bridges and her contributions to the Civil Rights movement using Robert Coles' The Story of Ruby Bridges.

Multicultural Literature and Social Studies
A 3rd-grade lesson plan.

Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature: Take a Seat or Get off the Bus
A unit for 5th-grade using the book Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor.


Teaching Tolerance and Diversity
A middle-school lesson plan using The Diary of Anne Frank.


Girls Read: Online Literature Circles
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read Write Think in which multicultural literature with strong female protagonists serves as the focus for e-mail exchanges and classroom discussions.

Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School
Many interesting lesson plans from Annenberg Learner. See also
Multicultural Literature: High School.

Similarities Between African Folktales and French Folktales
A unit for grades 7-12.

Understanding Hispanic/Latino Culture and History Through Children’s Literature
An elaborate unit plan with three sample lesson plans and a bibliography.

Puerto Rican Folktales
A unit for grades 7-12.

The House on Mango Street 
A Teacher's Guide from Random House. See also Sandra Cisneros@Web English Teacher for other lesson plans for this author.

Women in Traditional China and their Portrayal in Chinese Folktales
A unit for grades 10-12.

Heroes and Heroines in the Family
A grade 7-8 unit on American Indian, European, Puerto Rican, Afro-American and American tales showing the students the common themes and the universal affirmation of man’s ability to accomplish great feats by using a great deal of brain power and some brawn.

Stories Around the World in Film and Literature
Ten units from the
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Teaching Responsibility to Children of Different Cultures through Film and Literature Stories
A 4th-grade unit from the above site.

Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Art and Literature
Eleven Units from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Expanding Fifth Grade Ethnic Awareness Through Literature
A unit on Native American and Latino literature from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

American Girls Through Time and Trial
An elementary unit focusing on women of different cultures, races, and religions. It includes three books featuring diverse American women from specific time periods.

Twentieth Century Latin American Writing
A collection of units for middle school and high school.

Crossing the Border: A Study of Immigration Through Literature
A unit for grades 6-8.

See also Children's Literature for many multicultural literature lesson plans.   

Multicultural Math Activities
Frisbie's Multicultural Math Fair
From Frisbie Middle School, this site provides information about this event as well as specific information about each learning station. See  Multicultural Fair 1999-2000 for descriptions of additional activities.

Multicultural Math: Lessons from the Mayas
Lesson plans, resources, online activities, and printables from NEA.

Mathematics Activities from Diverse Cultures
Several activities from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Maya Mathematics
Information on the Mayan number system.

Egyptian Hieroglyphics

A 5th-grade lesson plan from the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. See their 4th-grade multicultural math curriculum.

Mathematicians and Scientists Treasure Hunt
A grade 7-12 activity designed to help students learn about a mathematician or scientist who happens to be female or a person of color.

Marlys Henke's Cultural Relevance Model
Seven lesson plans developed by Marlys Henke, an award-winning math teacher from St. Paul, that incorporate the contributions of diverse cultures and people into the regular math curriculum.

Multicultural Math Lessons
Five lesson plans created by Patricia Donovan.

Classroom Activities: Culturally Diverse Lesson Plans
Two interesting activities including Sweat Shop Math!

Geometric Art
A lesson plan examining Islamic mathematics and its relationship to modern mathematics.

Money Makes the World Go Around
A 3rd-grade lesson plan from Core Knowledge.

Minorities and Mathematics
Information from Math Forum.

Diversity in Mathematics: Census Statistics in Utah
A pre-Algebra lesson plan.

Mathematicians of the African Diaspora
Information on mathematicians of African descent.

Play Mancala
An African math game

Egyptian Mathematics

Four brief lessons.
See also Egyptian Fractions, An Odd Egyptian Puzzle, and Hypatia of Alexandria.

Native American Geometry
Information and resources for teachers.

Mathematics in China
An annotated timeline and a chronology of Chinese mathematicians and mathematical works.

The Abacus
An award-winning site with history, instructions for using an abacus, etc.

Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
Information, a gallery, and instructional activities. Click on Educational Resources to find the activities.

Aztec and Maya Calendar
All sorts of information.

Teaching Mathematics Using a Multicultural Approach

A concise and informative article.

Women in Mathematics
You won't find lesson plans at this site, but you will find an extensive list of links to sites having to do with women and math

Multicultural Music Lessons and Resources
Pick a Peck of Multicultural Music Lesson Plans
Several lesson plans from the National Association of Music Education.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Fifty-plus music lesson plans, many of which have multicultural elements.

Music Ed -  Multicultural
Many resources from Pinterest  

Multicultural Music
Multicultural songs from Songs for Teaching.

Comparing Native American and American Folk Music: Grass Dance Song
An elementary lesson plan exploring how aspects of Native American and American folk music are alike and different.

The Clave Rhythm
A lesson plan for the elementary grades.

Music in Africa
A 2nd-grade lesson plan. See also Exploring African Music and African Music
for similar lesson plans.

Music Around the World: United Nations Week
A 4th-grade lesson plan..

Spirituals
A high school lesson plan introducing studenst to the role that spirituals have played in African American history and religion.

Musical Harlem
A K-4 lesson plan in which students learn to identify musical forms and musicians associated with Harlem.

What Does this Song Really Say

Another K-4 lesson plan focusing on African-American spirituals.   

Music as Social Protest
A lesson plan from PBS.

Roots of Rock
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 in which students discover the common element of rhythm in multi-cultural and rock music.

Blues Impulse
Eleven Units from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Jazz in America
Lesson plans for a variety of grade levels including a lesson titled The Blues and Jazz. See also Jazz Talk and Learning with Jazz.


Multicultural Science Lessons and Resources
Alaska Native Knowledge Network
Science units based on native ways of knowing. See their new Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum.


Second-Grade Science Lesson Plan - Dian Fossey
A lesson plan about Dian Fossey, who studied Gorillas.

Using Multicultural Literature with Science
An Internet-based elementary lesson plan.

Myths, Legends, and Moon Phases
A multidisciplinary lesson plan for upper-elementary or middle school from New Horizons for Learning.

Environmental Racism
A lesson plan for grades 11-12.

Lead Contamination in Our Environment
A middle school unit.

Women in Science
A high school lesson plan from Education World.

Hispanic/Latino Astronauts
A 5th-grade lesson plan focusing on the contributions of Hispanic astronauts and planetary characteristics.

The First African American Woman in Space
A 7th-grade lesson plan.

African-American Scientists and Inventors
An elementary-grade lesson plan.

African American Scientists
An Internet-based lesson plan for grades 5-8. See also African Americans in Science.

Multicultural Social Studies Lessons and Resources
(Additional lesson plans are listed on the Social Studies Page)

K-5 Social Studies Multicultural Curriculum Matrix
Lesson plans from the School District of Palm Beech County Florida. See also their lesson plans for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Human Rights Lesson Plans
Several elementary lesson plans from Universal Voices Online Human Rights Internet Guide. 

Multicultural Day/International Market
An elementary-grade lesson plan.

Multicultural Literature and Social Studies
A 3rd-grade lesson plan.

Making a Multicultural Brochure
A middle-grade activity.

Holidays Around the World

Lesson plans from Education World.

Columbus Day: Native American Perspective    
A lesson plan for 4th/5th grade.

Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum
Information and ideas for activities from Education World.

Revisiting Pocahontas
A middle-grade or high school unit in which students engage in a critique of the historical and cultural accuracy of the Walt Disney film, "Pocahontas."

The Fight for Equal Rights: Black Soldiers in the Civil War
A lesson plan using historical documents available via the Internet.

After Reconstruction: Problems of African Americans in the South
A lesson plan from the Library of Congress using the Internet to access pamphlets and other materials, most of which were written by African American authors about pressing issues of the day. See other lesson plans from this source.

Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois
A unit on the issues raised by the celebrated debate between two famous African American leaders: Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois.

Segregation: From Jim Crow To Linda Brown
An elaborate lesson involving a study of the famous court case, Plessy v. Ferguson (1897); a simulation of the Afro-American Council Meeting in 1898 using African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907; and the creation of a similar meeting of the Afro-American Council prior to the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case in 1954.

Teaching with Documents: Documents Related to Brown versus the Board of Education  
From the National Archives, this lesson plan uses historical documents available online. See also Order of Argument in the Case Brown v. Board and Dorothy Davis, et al, versus County School Board of Prince Edward County, Virginia for two more lesson plans using historical documents.

Have Minorities Gained Acceptance?
A lesson plan in which students research and discuss the impact of the Civil Rights Movement.

Cinco de Mayo
Lesson plans, activities, and thematic units.

Delores Huerta
A mini-unit for the intermediate grades on this Mexican-American labor activist. See also Lessons on Delores Huerta.     

Affidavit and Flyers from the Chinese Boycott Case
A lesson plan using historic documents from the National Archives - Teaching with Documents.   

Letters from the Japanese Internment
A lesson plan from Smithsonian Education. See also
Japanese Relocation and Internment During World War II and Japanese American Internment for other lesson plans.

WW II: The Other Americans
A multicultural World War II lesson plan I developed as an example for my students.




Women
4000 Years of Women in Science
Great site for information on women in science.

Women in Science
A high school lesson plan from Education World.

Women in Math
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Women's History Month Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from the Lesson Plans Page. See also Education World Women's History Month Lesson Plans and Activities.

Women in World History Curriculum
Sample lesson plans for women's history.

Changing Gender Roles on the Home Front
A middle/high school lesson plan from Smithsonian Education. See also Women's History Teaching Resources.

Gender Stereotyping Awareness
An idea for an activity adaptable for use with multiple grade levels from Tolerance.org.

Susan B. Anthony Day
A grade 3-4 mini-unit for celebrating Susan B. Anthony Day (February 15). Click here for a grade 4-5 lesson plan on Susan B. Anthony.

The Nineteenth Amendment
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Cultural Change
A high-quality lesson plan for grades 10-12 from EDSITEment. See also Women's Suffrage: Why the West Went First, Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage, Who Were the Foremothers of Women's Equality, and Women's Equality: Changing Attitudes and Beliefs for more lesson plans from EDSITEment.

WWWomen.com    
Links to sites about women and women's issues.

Hispanics
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Information and ideas for activities from Education World. See also Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources from Smithsonian Education.

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins Today
A classroom activity and resources for grades 5-12 from Read-Write-Think. See also Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Teacher's Guide and  24 Great Ideas for Hispanic Heritage Month (Scholastic) as well as National Hispanic Heritage Month from EDSITEment.

Mendez v. Westminster: Desegregating California's Schools
A video, background essay, and discussion questions fro PBS. See also A Tale of Two Schools, Mendez v. Westminster -
Lesson Plans Based on Your Time, You Be the Judge: Latinos' Contributions to the American Civil Rights Movement, and The Fight for Racial Equality in Education.

The Lemon Grove Incident -
The Nation's First Successful Desegregation Court Case
An article from the San Diego History Center.

Cultural Aspects of Spanish in America
A unit for secondary Spanish language teachers.


Hispanic Identity: From Dreams to Civic Participation
A high school unit.

New Movements For Social Justice: The Latino Struggle for Equal Rights
Another high school unit.

Twentieth Century Latin American Writing    
Ten more units from the 1997 Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.   

Hispanic Immigration: America in the Year 2000
A high school unit.

Famous Hispanic Americans
A WebQuest for ESL students.

The Hispanic World
A Internet-based unit for intermediate grades and up in which students explore Spanish-speaking countries.

The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
Teacher's Guide from Vintage Books. Also, see Understanding Hispanic/Latino Culture and History Through Children’s Literature.

Crossing the Border: A Study of Immigration through Literature
A middle school or high school unit.

Who is Who in the Hispanic Web
An alphabetical Director.


Black History Month/African Americans (Additional lesson plans are included in History Lesson Plans and Resources)

African American History and Heritage Site
Many resources for African-American history including a Teacher Toolkit for Grades K-12. See also Black History Pages.


Association for the Study of African American History and Life

From the founders of Black History Month, this link takes you to their home page and provides a link  for Past, Present, and Future National Black History Month Themes.

Black History Month Lessons and Resources
From NEA.

Lessons to Celebrate Black History Month
From Education World. See also
Take part in the African American Read-In!

Black History Month
New resources and activities from Edsitement.

Teacher's Guide: Black History Month
Many links from the University of Illinois Extension


Spirituals
A high school lesson plan from the above site introducing students to the role that spirituals have played in African American history and religion.


Stories to Tell: Curating a Black History Museum
Lesson plan from the NY Times.


The Civil Rights Movement
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from The Discovery Education. See also Learning to Respect Each Other for a K-5 lesson and Civil Rights: An Investigation for a high school lesson plan.  
     
Teaching with Documents: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
This excellent lesson plan from the NARA Digital Classroom uses historical documents available on this site.

American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline
My latest Web project, this annotated, clickable timeline of American educational history extends from 1607 to the 21st Century. See the accompanying activity, American Educational History: What's Most Important?

The Amistad Case: Teaching Activities
A lesson plan that correlates to the National Standards for History. See also Teaching with Documents: The Amistad Case.

Slavery in America
A teaching/ unit from Digital History. See also Slavery, African Diaspora, and The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
A timeline, quiz, sketches, crossword puzzles, etc. all put together by a 2nd-grade class! Click on Classroom Activities to access lesson plans and units on Harriet Tubman from a variety of sources.

After Reconstruction: Problems of African Americans in the South
A lesson plan using the Internet to access pamphlets and other materials, most of which were written by African American authors about pressing issues of the day. See also Slavery in the United States: Primary Sources and the Historical Record for another lesson plan from the same source.

George Washington Carver
A 3rd or 4th-grade unit.

Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois
A unit on the issues raised by the celebrated debate between two famous African American leaders: Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois.

Harlem Renaissance Retrospective
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 examining this era between 1917-1935 which redefined African American expression on all levels.

Sojourner Truth
A mini-unit for grades 4-5 about this woman who was the first prominent African-American directly associated with the women's suffrage movement

Unforgiveable Blackness
An excellent video about Jack Johnson, the first Black prizefighter..

Mary McLeod Bethune
A mini-unit for grades 4-5 on this African-American educator.

Famous Person: Andrew Young
A mini-unit for grades 4-5.

Segregation: From Jim Crow To Linda Brown
An elaborate lesson involving a study of the famous court case, Plessy v. Ferguson (1897); a simulation of the Afro-American Council Meeting in 1898 using African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907; and the creation of a similar meeting of the Afro-American Council prior to the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case in 1954.

Teaching with Documents: Documents Related to Brown versus the Board of Education  
From the National Archives, this lesson plan uses historical documents available online. See also Order of Argument in the Case Brown v. Board and Dorothy Davis, et al, versus County School Board of Prince Edward County, Virginia for two more lesson plans using historical documents.

Brown v. Board: Where Are We Now?
Information and teaching activities from Tolerance.org.

Little Rock 9, Integration 0?
A collaborative webquest on integration in schools. See also Little Rock Nine: Activities.

Tuskegee Tragedy
A WebQuest exploring this exploring this dark medical experiment and its victims.

Mosaic America: Patterns of Racism
A 7th-grade unit. For other similar units see Racism and Nativism in American Political Culture.

Lesson Plans and Resources for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A long list of lesson plans from my History Page.

NAACP Homepage

Institute for Urban and Minority Education
Information about teaching urban and minority students.


Civil Rights
Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
From the National Register of Historic Places, this page would  be an excellent resource for putting together a WebQuest on the civil rights movement.

The Civil Rights Movement
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from The Discovery Channel School. See also Learning to Respect Each Other for a K-5 lesson and Civil Rights: An Investigation for a high school lesson plan.  
     
Teaching with Documents: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
This excellent lesson plan from the NARA Digital Classroom uses historical documents available on this site.

Little Rock 9, Integration 0?
A collaborative webquest on integration in schools. See also Little Rock Nine: Activities.

Tuskegee Tragedy
A WebQuest exploring this exploring this dark medical experiment and its victims.

Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate
Information, documents, and lesson plans about Jackie Robinson's role in the Civil Rights movement. Scroll down the page for the lesson plans.

Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education
An excellent lesson plan using historic documents the National Archives that are available online. See Order of Argument in the Case, Brown v. Board, Brown v. Board: What It Means Today, and Frontiers in Civil Rights: Dorothy E. Davis et al versus County School Board. of Prince Edward County, VA.

Civil Rights Movement Unit
Excellent 5-lesson unit for high school students that uses primary sources of information.

US Civil Rights in the 1960s
Unit plan for US history grades 10-12. Consists of 16 lesson plans.

Famous Person: Rosa Louis Parks
A unit for grades 3 or 4 using The Story of Ruby Bridges. See also An Act of Courage, The Arrest Records of Rosa Parks for a lesson plan using historic documents and  Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights.

Before Rosa Parks:
Frances Watkins Harper
A high school lesson plan from Tolerance.org. See also
Before Rosa Parks: Ida B. Wells.

Ruby Bridges
A 2nd or 3rd-grade unit on Ruby Bridges and her contributions to the Civil Rights movement.

Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature: Take Seat or Get off the Bus
A unit for 5th-grade using the book Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor.

Lesson Plans and Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr.
A long list of lesson plans from my History Lesson Plans Page.

Timeline of Selected Events of the Civil Rights Movement
From the Greensboro Sit-Ins Page.

National Civil Rights Museum
See their Teacher Resources.

Gay/Lesbian/Sexual Preference

Is Your School Homophobic?
 Take this quiz to find out.

GLSEN Educator Library
Many resources regarding gay/lesbian issues for teachers including the
LGBT Pride Month Guide for Educators. See their other Educator Resources.

Teaching and Learning about Gay History and Issues
Many LBGT lesson plans from the New York Times Learning Network.   

Live Out Loud
"Lesson plans for you Gay Straight Alliance, Diversity Club, or other school group!"

Introduction to Sexual Orientation
A lesson plan from Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit.

Q & A on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
One more lesson plan from the above toolkit.

Constitutional Amendments and Gay Marriage
A discussion-based high school lesson plan utilizing online background documents.

Marriage Equality: Different Strategies for Attaining Equal Rights
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Teaching Tolerance.

LGBT Awareness Week
A lesson plan for grades 11-12 U.S. history.

Understanding Families with Gay and Lesbian Parents
A lesson plan for grades K-6.

Stonewall and Beyond: Gay and Lesbian Issues
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 focusing on issues related to the quest for gay and lesbian equal rights.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights: A Human Rights Perspective
A curriculum with nine lesson plans from the Human Rights Resource Center.

Gender Variance
An interesting lesson plan from the U.K for students 15 and up designed to teach students about the diversity of human sex and gender.



Asians
Asian Pacific American Heritage Teaching Resources
From the Smithsonian.

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
Information and featured lessons from EDSITEment.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Many resources and lessons from TeachingHistory.org


Teaching Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage
Links to many resources organized by grade level from NEA.

May is Asian American Heritage Month
Lesson plans, articles, and resources from Scholastic. See also Asian American History Teacher's Guide.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Lesson plans and resources from the Lesson Plans Page.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in May!
A high school "calendar activity" for May 1 from Read-Write-Think.

Lon Po Po: A Chinese Fairy Tale
An elementary-grade lesson plan from the above site.

Dream in Color - Asian American Heritage in the Classroom
Lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from the Asian Pacific Fund.

Hmong Culture
From the Saint Paul, MN Public Library. See also WWW Hmong Home Page.

Ties that Bind Folk Art Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for grades 2 and above in which students learn about Hmong history and culture.

Hmong Among Us

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from the N.Y. Daily Times.

Among the Hmong
One lesson plan from using the PBS series "Postcards from Buster." Go to the Teacher's Guide and other lesson plans.

Hmong Struggle
A high school lesson plan from the Wisconsin Historical Society which uses primary documents to help students learn about Hmong immigration to Wisconsin. See also Oral History Training for the Hmong Oral History Project.

The Hmong in Our Midst
A resource for ELT classrooms.

Teaching Hmong History And Culture Through Story Cloths
See also Dia's Story Cloth: The Hmong People's Journey to Freedom and  Stories in Quilts.

Tragedy of the Hmong
Historical information and a long list of links. See also The Hmong People - Who Are They?

Asia Society Resources for Schools
Resources and lesson plans (both elementary and secondary) for learning  about Asia and Asian Americans.

Chinese Inventions
An elementary lesson plan from the above site.

Asian Immigration to the United States
A unit for grades 8-12

Asian Indian Immigration
A 10-lesson 4th-grade unit exploring the concept of immigration through the in-depth study of Indian immigrants and their effect on the culture of the United States.

Coming to Terms: Stories of Southeast Asian Political Refugees
An 11th-grade lesson plan.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
A 5th-grade lesson plan using this book about an immigrant Chinese girl by
Bette Bao Lord.

Japanese-American Internment
A high school lesson plan. See also Japanese-American Internment for another secondary lesson plan. 

Yushiko Uchida
An elementary unit on Japanese culture and how it influenced the life of Yushiko Uchida, a Japanese-American author of The Bracelet. Click here for a 5th-grade lesson plan using this book.

Culture of Japan
Links.

Korea in the Classroom
Curriculum resources from NEA

Discovering Angel Island: The Story Behind the Poems
Lesson plan units were developed to work with the video-short Discovering Angel Island: The Story Behind the Poems. See also  Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum, which tells the story of the Central Pacific Railroad (which was built almost entirely through the labor of Chinese immigrants).

Immigration
Immigration Lesson Plans and Resources

Many lesson plans from my Social Studies Page.

The Immigrant Experience in America
A lesson plan for grades 5-8.

Immigration to the United States
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

A Nation of Immigrants
This 11th-grade lesson plan from CUNY explores the Immigration Act of 1965. For more information on this important legislation, see
Immigration & Naturalization Act of 1965: Origin of Modern American Society. See also A Nation of Immigrants: Immigration Act of 1924, Immigration Access/Legality, and Race and Immigration for other lesson plans from this unit as well as A Nation of Immigrants - Curriculum to access additional lesson plans from CUNY.

Immigration Oral History
A lesson plan in which
students conduct interviews to gather first-hand stories about immigrant experiences.

Immigration Resources 
Lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from the American Immigration Law Foundation.

National Discussion and Debate Series: Immigration
A "packet" providing a variety of activities to help students gain the knowledge and background necessary to engage in a meaningful debate about immigration policies and issues.

American Immigration Past and Present
A simulation activity.

New Kids on the Block
A 7th-grade lesson plan on
teen immigrants and the difficulties they sometimes have transitioning into American culture.

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today
An online activity complete with a teacher's guide.

Hispanic Immigration: America in the Year 2000
A high school unit.

Ellis Island
A unit and electronic field trip for intermediate, middle, or high school students.

German Immigrants: Their Contributions to the Upper Midwest
A lesson plan in which students answer questions and practice their German while viewing  photographs and documents from the American Memory of the Library of Congress.

Where I Come From
A high-quality 5th-grade lesson plan.

Homelessness/Refugees
Homeless Education Learning Page
Personal stories, expressions, history, causes, and solutions. See also National Coalition for the Homeless.

No More Turning Away
Many lesson plan from the
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.    

Homeless Education Online Lesson Plans
Links to many lesson plans.

Ending Homelessness
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Homelessness: A Bottom-Line Issue
Another lesson plan for grades 9-12.   

Stereotypes about Homelessness
A discussion-based lesson plan for grades 6-12.

A Day in the Life of a Homeless Person
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Learning to Give.

Homelessness in Our Community
A four-day lesson plan for grade 3.

Maniac Magee
A Novel Guide from Class Zone. See also Sample Unit: The Legend of Maniac Magee.

Jane Addams
A mini-unit connecting the historic work of Jane Addams to the current issue of homelessness in America.

UNHCR Lesson Modules

Many lesson plans from the UN Refugee Agency. See also Teacher's Corner for more lesson plans.

Geography: Refugees - Who, Where, and Why?
A lesson plan for grades 9-11 from the UNHCR.

Lesson Plan on Refugee Children
One lesson plan from Human Rights Education Associates.

Refugees and Children in Our World
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Learning to Give.

The Status and Rights of Refugees
A lesson plan from Amnesty International USA.

Through the Eyes of  a Refugee
A high school lesson plan. See also The Challenges of Refugee Resettlement for another high school lesson plan.

Teenage Refugees: Comparing Life Experiences
A high school lesson plan from Beyond the Fire in which students fill out a chart comparing the experiences of teen war refugees with their own experiences, and then use the chart as the basis for writing essays or for group discussions and presentations. See Child Soldiers for another lesson plan from this same source.

Native Americans
Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum
Information and Activities from Education World. See also
Activities to Celebrate Native American Heritage.

Native American Heritage Month
High quality lesson plans from EDSITEment. See the lesson plans in the right-side index.

American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources
From the Smithsonian!

Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month, Grades K-5
From NEA. See also Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

Native American Lessons and Units
A long list of Native American lessons and units from Mr. Donn's site.

Native American Heritage Month
More resources for teachers the NativeAmericanHeritage.gov.

November is National American Indian Heritage Month
Resources and lesson plans from Read-Write-Think.

Traditions and Languages of Three Native Cultures: Tlingit, Lakota, and Cherokee
A high-quality lesson plan in which students understand the importance of maintaining the traditions and languages of native cultures, they also learn to say a few words in each of the above languages.

Trails of Understanding: The Earliest Immigrants
A middle-grade lesson plan examining theories about the origins of the first inhabitants of North America.

Yours and My Trail of Tears
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Education World. See also
The Trail of Tears; Its Grief and Loss for a 5th-grade lesson plan and Trail of Tears Lesson Plan (4th grade).

Revisiting Pocahontas
A middle-grade or high school unit in which students engage in a critique of the historical and cultural accuracy of the Walt Disney film, "Pocahontas."

Columbus Day: Native American Perspective
A lesson plan for 4th/5th grade.

First Nations Land Treaties
A lesson plan for grades 7-8.

The Indian Removal Act
A high school lesson plan from Digital History.

Native Americans in the Natural World
A WebQuest. See also Native American WebQuest.  

Native Tech
An excellent site with resources and information about many aspects of Native American life. A sub-site of Native Web.

Index of Native American Resources
See also Alphabetical List of Federally Recognized Native American Tribes.


Jewish Americans
Jewish American Heritage Month
Lessons and resources from EDSITEment.

Jewish American Heritage Month
From the Jewish Federations of North America.   

May is Jewish American Heritage Month
Curriculum resources.

Jewish American Heritage Month
More resources from the Jewish Women's Archive.

The History of Jews in America
A lesson plan and student readings.


Confronting Anti-Semitism
A sample lesson plan from the Anti-Defamation League's Challenging Anti-Semitism Project.

Anti-Semitism: Past and Present
One more lesson from the above source.
   

Remembering the Holocaust and Combating Xenophobia on January 27th
A classroom activity and discussion questions for junior and senior high school students from Yad Vashem. See their other lesson plans on anti-semitism.


Antisemitism Workshop Using Statements
Another high school lesson plan from the above source.


One Survivor Remembers: Anti Semitism
A lesson plan for grades 6 + based on the incredible life story of Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissman Klein. See also Ladder of Prejudice.


The Jewish Americans
Four lesson plans from PBS.

350 Years of Jewish-American History
Scroll down the page to find 12 lesson plans.

Immigration to the Golden Land: Jewish Life in America
A lesson plan designed to give students an understanding of the experiences of Jewish immigrants to the United States.

Torah Network
Information and links to sites about Judaism.

Judaism Christianity Unit
A 6th-grade unit.

Medieval Anti-Semitism and Connection to Intolerance in America
A secondary lesson plan in pdf format.

New Excuses. Old Hatred: Worldwide Anti-Semitism in the Wake of 9/11
A high school lesson plan.

New Years Around the World
Scroll through the lesson plans in this elementary unit to find the Lesson Plan Days 5 and 6: The Jewish New Year.

US Holocaust Museum

For many lesson plans on the Holocaust, go to the history lesson plans and resources page.

Russian Americans
Magical World of Russian fairy Tales
A lesson plan for grades 3-5.

Russian and American Folktales
A 1st-grade lesson plan from The Museum of Russian Icons. Scroll down the page to see their other lesson plans.

Russian America: Interpreting Primary Source Information
A lesson plan about Russian-Americans in Alaska

Russian-Jewish Immigration 1880-1920:
A Resource Guide for Teachers


Hyphenated Russian-Americans
Facts and figures from Harvard.

A Russian Settlement in Alaska: A Community at the Meeting of Frontiers
A high school lesson plan.

Russia (Window to Russia)

Arab Americans/Moslems
April Is National Arab-American Heritage Month
Information  and resources from Classroom Jr.  See also For Arab-American Heritage Month, appreciate our accomplishments and Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month.

Who Are the Arab Americans?
An activity from Tolerance.org. 

Arab-American National Museum
Many lesson plans for all grade levels.

Arab Americans: In the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from P.B.S.

Anti-Arab Stereotypes, Discrimination and Hate Crimes
A lesson plan from the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee.
See their other lessons and resources.

Arab Culture and Society
Another lesson plan from the American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC.org) that provides suggestions  for Arab-Americans who are speaking to K-12 students/classrooms.   Many of the ideas and much of the information could be adapted to an introductory lesson plan on Arab culture. 

The Arab Culture in Review: A Global Perspective
An Internet-based project in which students assume various roles within and related to the Arab culture. It consists of five activities and an assessment.

Interpreting Women in Islam
An Internet-based high school lesson plan from PBS.

Arabic Language
Many lesson plans and resources from my World Languages page.  

A Moroccan Fairy Tale vs. European Folk/Fairy Tale
An elementary-grade lesson plan.

Arab American Chamber of Commerce

Council on Islamic Education: Online Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans and resources.

Jihad between Secularism and Piety
One lesson plan from the Council on Islamic Education.

The Growth of Islam
A SCORE Cyberguide providing a 7th-grade Internet-based activity.

Islamic Scientific Contributions to Civilization
Internet-based lesson plan.

Islam
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education. See also Islam: History, Society, and Civivlization for a middle school lesson plan from this same source.

Islam 101 Online Course
An online course complete with tests. Click here for the Islam 101 main page.

World Religions Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from my Theology/Religion Page.

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