This mega pack (a 35% discount over buying a la carte) includes 14 items to help increase your students’ exposure to multicultural literature.
1. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah is a gripping memoir about Beah's time as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
a. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah Characterization Graphic Organizer- This chart asks students to look at the progression of Beah's character in the memoir, citing specific textual evidence. The book has been divided into 4 sections:
--Before the War
--On the Run
b. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah Guided Notes Graphic Organizer- This chart asks students to take notes on specific topics as they read the memoir. The topics include:
--American Culture (Hip Hop, Rambo, etc)
--Atrocities of war
--Respect for Elders
--Rehabilitation Center and UNICEF
--Child Soldiers (training, survival tactics, etc)
--The Past, the Present, Dreams
c. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah Small Group Discussion Questions- This worksheet gives students specific questions to frame a discussion of Beah's memoir. There is also a link to a PDF online with great novel discussion questions.
2. Angela Johnson's "First Part Last" is the tale of two teenagers having a baby before they're ready and the ways in which they deal with it. The novel is short, easy to read and high interest.
a. First Part Last by Angela Johnson Summary Writing Activities- This handout gives students 3 choices of writing activities to show their overall understanding of the novel after reading.
3. Folk Tales- Ali Baba, Brer Rabbit, Wise Old Woman
a. Multicultural Folk Tales Analysis- Ali Baba Brer Rabbit Wise Old Woman- This worksheet has students read three folk tales:
--"Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" from the Middle East
--"Brer Rabbit" from the southern U.S.
--"The Wise Old Woman from Japan
Students analyze these tales and their major themes:
--The discovery of importance
--The antics of the trickster
4. Chinua Achebe is an important Nigerian author. His story "Civil Peace" offers a great look at theme, character motivation, and real-world connections to literature.
a. Multicultural Reading: Chinua Achebe Civil Peace Reading Questions- This worksheet asks students to analyze theme and character motivation and make real-world connections as they read.
5. Witi Ihimaera’s novel "The Whale Rider" is a tale of discovery and empowerment in the Maori culture of New Zealand.
a. Multicultural Reading: Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera Maori Culture PowerPoint- This PowerPoint showcases Maori warrior culture, with links to several relevant videos.
b. Multicultural Reading: Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera Reading Packet & Project- This packet includes:
--Maori Folktales- YouTube video links, story text and reading questions
--One pager (1 page info sheet)
--Novel reading questions
--Maori ceremonial tattoo project assignment sheet and rubric
--Novel vs. movie Venn diagram
6. Naomi Shihab Nye's novel "Habibi" is a tale of peace and friendship among the chaos that is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
a. Multicultural Reading: Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye Reading Packet- This packet includes:
--Project assignment sheet
7. Judith Ortiz Cofer is an important Latina author. Her story "Catch the Moon" offers a great look at the eternal struggle between kids and their parents.
a. Multicultural Reading: Judith Ortiz Cofer Catch the Moon Reading Questions- This worksheet asks students to analyze theme and point of view as they read.
8. Sandra Cisneros, author of House on Mango Street, wrote the essay "Straw into Gold: Metamorphosis of the Everyday" as an analogy for the famous fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin."
a. Sandra Cisneros "Metamorphosis of the Everyday" & "Rumpelstiltskin" Activity- This lesson plan includes:
--Full text of "Rumpelstiltskin"
b. Sandra Cisneros Mango Street Illustration Project- After reading Sandra Cisneros's A House on Mango Street (all or some), students will review the following terms:
Students then choose one vignette to illustrate (PowerPoint presentation, a painting, a collage, a drawing, etc.), concentrating on the symbolism and figurative language present in the chapter.
Once the students have completed their illustrations, they will then write a one page explanation to accompany the illustration. The writing will identify the symbols and figures used in the chapter, as well as how these and other textual evidence support the theme of Esperanza’s self-discovery and coming of age.
Rubric is included. Works well with peer review as well.
9. Walter Dean Myers is a fantastic African American and young adult author. His story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" is great for characterization.
a. Walter Dean Myers "Treasure of Lemon Brown" Reading Questions- This worksheet asks students to predict before reading, and analyze the characters as they read.
10. Yoshiko Uchida is an important Japanese American author. Her story "The Bracelet" offers an insightful look at what is was like to be a prisoner in the WWII Japanese internment camps.
a. Yoshiko Uchida "The Bracelet" Reading Questions- This worksheet asks students to analyze conflict and point of view as they read.
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