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Cultural Connections and Writing for Change

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Gloria Reading

Edwardsville, Illinois

Michael Rockwell

Edwardsville, Illinois


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



Awareness and true understanding of other cultures can create the desire to take action. In this lesson, students learn about Palestinian Arabs. After exploring the culture in a book and online, students identify a current social issue that concerns them. In a formal letter written to an appropriate official, students identify these issues and discuss suggestions of ways the problems might be addressed.

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Al-Hazza, T.C., & Bucher, K.T. (2008). Building Arab Americans' cultural identity and acceptance with children's literature. The Reading Teacher, 62(3), 210219.

  • Literature helps learners develop, understand, and appreciate the culture of others.

  • One way to make a strong stand for equality and justice for all groups is to add good books to the existing curriculum.

  • Using books about Arab culture validates its importance, offers an opportunity for non-Arab students to be introduced to a new culture, prevents stereotypes from forming, and helps students develop a broader and deeper understanding of peoples of the world.

    Levin, F. (2007). Children's Books Encouraging ethical respect through multicultural literature. The Reading Teacher, 61(1), 101104.

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