Useful Resources about Multicultural Literature
Multicultural Lessons Across the Curriculum
How to Choose Multicultural Literature
Awards for Multicultural Literature
Classroom Activities with Multicultural Literature
Below are some activities you can use in the classroom to introduce, enhance, and expand upon the books your students are reading.
- Create a full sensory experience to introduce the culture of a book. Use pictures, videos, music, language clips, and foods to give students a better feel for the backdrop of the story.
- Have students compare and contrast the life they lead with that of the characters in the novel. Everyday life, along with goals, values, and experiences, can all be compared.
- Have students keep a journal of their reactions to the story. This can give them a safe space to process the new, and often surprising, information that they learn.
- Compare and contrast the
- variations on famous stories that appear throughout different cultures, and discuss what might be the basis for the differences. The story of Cinderella is a good example.
- Ask students to collect photographs that they feel illustrate a critical part of the story. Ask them to explain what it is about the photos that express the feelings, emotions, or theme of the story.
- Pair works of fiction that highlight one country with non-fiction texts about the same country to help students better understand the culture.
- Have students write "Dear Abby" letters from the perspective of the main character. Ask them to swap the letters with another student who will write back as "Abby" with advice for the character.
- Ask students to keep a diary from the perspective of the main character. Ask them to write about the feelings, thoughts, and meanings behind various actions that a character might have, especially if those are not detailed in the story.
- Allow students to role play to get a better feel for why a character behaves or reacts in a certain way.
- Play a game of "Have You Ever?" to explore the diversity among student experiences prior to reading a book from a new culture.
Climbing the Stairs
Lesson Plans for Multicultural Literature
Are you looking for some good lesson plans to use with your multicultural literature? Below are some links to helpful unit and lesson plans, as well as book lists.
Authors of Multicultural Literature
A brief list of some popular authors of multicultural literature for young adults. Be sure to check out the Multicultural Fiction resource list in Destiny for more authors and titles.
Words in the Dust Resources
A lesson plan for Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy. The book is set in Afghanistan, and ties in to the 7th grade social studies curriculum.