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Hatred is becoming too prevalent in America. As educators, we have a responsibility to produce well-informed and EMPATHETIC citizens. I’ve designed three resources, bundled here, for students to recognize and appreciate other cultures. First, is a research project having students research and write about an historical event or prominent person of a different culture. Another resource provides students with a list of novels illustrating a different culture. Students respond to questions revealing their recognition of aspects of the culture and create a Culture Globe to display in the classroom. Finally, a bulletin board encouraging students to “Embrace Diversity” through quotes about the power of living in a multicultural society.
Studying American minority groups is essential. Traditional perspectives are often ethnocentric and omit the significant embodied narratives of non-white Americans and events that influenced the course of history and modern society. We must prioritize and include these minorities’ contributions in the study of American history, culture, and modern society.
Students choose from over 100 topics, historical and contemporary, related to Black Americans and events, Latino Americans and events, and Americans of Asian descent and events.
⭐ Identifying legitimate sources
⭐ Creating a strong detailed thesis statement
⭐ Developing a preliminary research and note-taking outline
⭐ Taking notes
⭐ Organizing a formal outline
⭐ Composing the research draft
I include an example thesis statement, preliminary outline, several sample note cards, and a sample Works Cited page.
There is a final draft checklist which could double as a scoring rubric.
There is also a due date chart.
Next, a fun and creative exploration of culture through literature!
CULTURE GLOBE-Creative Independent Novel Project-Exploring World Cultures
This novel study project begins with the question, “Why explore other cultures?”
The answer: Because when we do, we embrace diversity, excite curiosity, and expand global awareness!
Students are provided with a list of 20 books about various world cultures.
After choosing a book, students are directed to watch the Ted Talk delivered by Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Danger of a Single Story.”
There are 10 questions that students respond to after the video.
This preliminary activity provides a great opportunity to impress on students the importance of understanding other cultures.
The activity that students complete upon finishing their novel is the “Culture Globe.”
Students receive 12 templates on which they respond to prompts about the author, characters, and culture depicted in their book.
Some prompts require students to include cited quotations.
Students are directed to decorate the templates, cut them out, fold, staple, etc. (detailed instructions are included with pictures….It’s easy).
What they end up with is a globe. It’s actually a dodecahedron. (And yes, I checked with my geometry teaching friend on that one!)
I have kids assemble the globes during class while having them share their thoughts about the book with classmates. We then display the diverse globes by hanging them from the classroom ceiling.
Kids love this project, and they learn much about the danger of a single story, world cultures, and the importance of embracing diversity.
Decorate your classroom and send an important message to students!
EMBRACE DIVERSITY POSTERS-Engaging Quotes with Colorful Graphics
These beautiful posters send an important message to students who may be confused about the value of diversity in our society today.
There are ten posters (standard size 11 X 8.5 “) each with a poignant quote and a brilliant graphic.
Included are quotes by:
⭐ Maya Angelou
⭐ Mikhail Gorbachev
⭐ Pablo Casals
⭐ Doe Zantamata
⭐ Henry David Thoreau
⭐ Jimmy Carter
⭐ Donald Williams
⭐ Martin Luther King Jr.
⭐ Of Muslim Origin
There are also three posters with 4 letters printed on each that you can cut out to spell, “EMBRACE DIVERSITY.”
Finally, a discussion guide the fabulous Ted Talk presented by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the novelist warning students of “The Danger of a Single Story.” Students recognize the problems with single stories which lead to incomplete stereotypes of people of different cultures.
There are 10 quoted excerpts from the speech, followed by reflection prompts.
Beautifully formatted, one graphic of Adichie, clear font, and space for student responses.
This is a wonderful activity to start any discussion of diversity, discrimination, stereotyping, or embracing American culture.
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