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Lesson Plan Template Rev 10/1/09 Dr. Thieman

Name: Kali Burns Age/Grade Level: 8th grade

Subject Area(s): Library Media/ Language Arts

Unit Title: Multicultural Literature

Lesson Title: Week 1, lesson 1 Estimated Time: 45 minutes

Purpose/Rationale for lesson: To introduce students to multicultural literature to form literature circles and collect information for final essay:

“What does multiculturalism mean to me?”

Curriculum Framing Questions:

Essential Question:

-What does multiculturalism mean to me?

Unit Question that applies to this lesson:

-What does multicultural literature teach us about the people of the world?

-Where do I see multiculturalism in my daily life?
Lesson or Content Question(s):

  1. What is happening between character A & B

  1. What is culture? Examples

  1. Does everyone have a culture? Examples

  1. How do you identify your culture?

  1. Have you ever felt like you were being labeled or treated differently because of your culture?

  1. Have you ever had a situation similar to characters A and B in the novel while observing a person from a culture different than your own?


-For the students to gain an idea of what qualifies as multicultural literature, and discover how this knowledge relates to their own lives and experiences.

-For the students to read books about a variety of cultures to gain deeper knowledge of the people around them.

Learning Objective(s): -For the students to read more multicultural literature and achieve knowledge about cultures different and similar to their own in the United States and beyond.

Curriculum Standard(s):

American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner:

      1. Follow an inquiry- based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real- world connection for using this process in own life.

1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.
Materials Needed: Multicultural books
Background knowledge or skills students need prior to lesson: Knowledge of library procedures, library behavior, and reading skills (however there will be a broad range of reading levels for the titles included in the Choice book/ DVD selection.)
Hook or Introduction: Librarian plays the first two chapters of Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman. The recording is read by a large variety of voices in a theatrical way with expression and accents authentic to the cultures being represented. Twelve multicultural books are presented beginning with an Animoto book trailer created by the librarian.

10:00-10:10 Students arrive to the library. The librarian introduces the novel Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman and plays a recording of the first two chapters for the class to hear.

10:10-10:25 Discussion journal response:

-The librarian will play the first and second chapters from Seedfolks –passages that particularly highlight cultural “grouping/labeling” as “other” by another… but not supply the students with any of that interpretation - simply play an audio recording of the book being read by multiple voices downloaded from the Multnomah County Website, Library 2 Go.]

  1. What is happening between character A & B?

  1. What is culture? Examples

  1. Does everyone have a culture? Examples

  1. How do you identify your culture?

  1. Have you ever felt like you were being labeled or treated differently because of your culture?

  1. Have you ever had a situation similar to characters A and B in the novel while observing a person from a culture different than your own?

10:20-10:35 Literature Circles Book Talk

-“We will be reading a multicultural book in literature circle groups over the next three weeks. You will be choosing your top three choices from the following book titles.”
-The librarian plays an Animoto book trailer of the novel:

“Does My Head Look Big In This?” by Randa Abdel-Fattah and then gives a book talk for the remaining 11 multicultural fiction book titles selected from the Austin Public Library: Connected to Youth website: http://connectedyouth.org/books/

(Booklist provided below)
10:35-10:45 -Students vote for their top three choices of books they would be most interested in reading for literature circles.
-The librarian collects votes from each student and gives them to the language arts teacher to be compiled and assigned into groups in language arts class the following day. The multicultural books will have been ordered, enough for a class of 25-30 students, therefore there will be 5-6 copies of each title available for check out to the language arts teacher.
-Students are dismissed.


Due to the variety of materials that the students have to check out there are selections that suit many different needs of the students. For students at a lower reading level or students who are ELL there are print sources to accommodate this need. There will be copies of some of the selections in other languages based on the unique needs of the class. Audio books and e-books will also be available.

Attention to Literacy: Students are practicing reading skills, note taking skills and learning about the components in a story. Additionally the students are reading to find out about a specific culture.
Closure: Check out time is the closure for the lesson, and then students will sit at the table in the library before they leave and a worksheet will be given out for students to return next class time and instructions on the Choice book share to be held the following weeks. The question “What makes a book global or multicultural?” will be asked and a short discussion will close library time.
Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning:

A rubric will be created for the students to be clear on expectations for the unit of study. The students will be giving on-going presentations on the books being read and the DVDs being viewed. Also students will be writing an essay at the end of the unit.

Literature Circles Book List:
Reviews and selections found at The Austin Public Library: Connected to Youth website: http://connectedyouth.org/books/

Does My Head Look Big in This?
Randa Abdel-Fattah

Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.

subjects: Hijab (Islamic Clothing), Muslims, High Schools, Islam, Australia, Clothing and Dress

Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies)
Justina Chen Headley

Fifteen-year-old Patty Ho, half Taiwanese and half white, feels she never fits in, but when her overly-strict mother ships her off to math camp at Stanford, instead being miserable, Patty starts to become comfortable with her true self.

subjects: Standford University, Racially Mixed People, Self-Esteem, Mothers and Daughters, Prejudices, Single-Parent Families, Taiwanese Americans

All the Broken Pieces
Ann E. Burg

Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

subjects: Vietnam War, Novels in Verse, Vietnamese Americans, Adoption

American Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang


Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

subjects: Chinese American, Identity, Schools, Cartoons and Comics

Ask Me No Questions
Marina Tamar Budhos

Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.

subjects: Illegal Aliens, Bangladeshi Americans, Family Life, High Schools, New York (N.Y.)

Born Confused
Tanuja Desai Hidier

Seventeen-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans, as she sees her hypnotically beautiful, manipulative best friend taking possession of both her heritage and the boy she likes.

subjects: East Indian Americans, Identity, Best Friends, Friendship, Photography

Home of the Brave
Katherine Applegate
Y Fic App

Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

subjects: Immigrants, African Americans

When the Black Girl Sings

Bill Wright
Y Fic Wri

Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive Connecticut girls' school where she is the only black student, fourteen-year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an outcast, particularly when her parents separate, but after attending a local church where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice.

subjects: Identity, Interracial adoption, Singing, African American

The Hoopster
Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Y Fic Sit

Andre Anderson is a black teenager who loves to play basketball, When he is viciously attacked, it calls his whole world into question--even his deadly jump shot. Sequel: Hip-Hop High School

subjects: Teenage boys, Hate crimes, African Americans, Basketball stories

Dark Dude
Oscar Hijuelos

In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.

Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa
Micol Ostow


Forced to stay with her mother in Puerto Rico for weeks after her grandmother's funeral, half-Jewish Emily, who has just graduated from a Westchester, New York, high school, does not find it easy to connect with her Puerto Rican heritage and relatives she had never met.

La Línea
Ann Jaramillo

When fifteen-year-old Miguel's time finally comes to leave his poor Mexican village, cross the border illegally, and join his parents in California, his younger sister's determination to join him soon imperils them both.

awards: Texas: Lone Star Reading List-2008, Booklist Editor's Choice-2006, ALA Best Books for Young Adults-2007

subjects: Brothers and sisters, Emigration and immigration, Survival, Mexicans, Mexico

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