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  1. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom
    Jaime Wood offers middle school English language arts teachers material for teaching poetry by Nikki Giovanni, Li-Young Lee, and Pat Mora; the text includes graphic organizers and other resources.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
    Students read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, create a problems/solutions/events chart, and create a map with a key, compass, and landmarks surrounding their home and school.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Native Americans Today
    This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Flying to Freedom: Tar Beach and The People Could Fly
    Students look to the past and use historical context to compare and contrast two characters from folktales.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Girls Read: Online Literature Circles
    In this lesson designed especially for girls, students read a work of realistic fiction and get to know strong female protagonists through online literary circles and writing activities.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action
    Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children’s books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Building Arab Americans' Cultural Identity and Acceptance With Children's Literature
    Introducing multicultural children's literature into the elementary classroom is a first step toward eliminating stereotyping and prejudice and helping students develop cultural identity.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts
    Students will identify how Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of nonviolent conflict-resolution is reinterpreted in modern texts. Homework is differentiated to prompt discussion on how nonviolence is portrayed through characterization and conflict. Students will be formally assessed on a thesis essay that addresses the Six Kingian Principles of Nonviolence.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Promoting Cultural Values Through Alphabet Books
    C is for Culture in this lesson in which students research a culture different from their own and compile an alphabet book that showcases cultural symbols for each letter of the alphabet.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Color of Silence: Sensory Imagery in Pat Mora’s Poem “Echoes”
    Pat Mora’s poem “Echoes” demonstrates that our senses are powerful tools for literary analysis and comprehension as students use their senses to discover new ways to read and write.

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