Ch 4: Multiculturalism Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Enhance your multiculturalism lessons by taking advantage of the teacher resources in this chapter. Use lesson plans to make your class discussions on culture, diversity and social justice informative and fun.

Multiculturalism Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter is filled with amazing resources you can use to develop quality multiculturalism lessons for the classroom. Lesson plans offer ideas, tips and strategies for developing lessons on a variety of multiculturalism topics. In this chapter are also lessons you can use in the classroom to enhance students' knowledge of the concepts you cover. Topics in this chapter include:

  • Culture definition and types
  • The meaning of diversity
  • Values, morals and ethics
  • Social justice issues
  • Stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice
  • Additional multiculturalism topics!

Access the lesson plans and lessons anytime, day or night, and in any sequence that suits your lesson development and class instruction. Allow students to take quizzes with the lessons to assess their understanding of multiculturalism.

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  • Learning objectives: Shares the goals your students will be able to complete once you've taught lessons developed with help from this chapter's lesson plans.
  • Lesson length: Allows you to gauge the amount of time it will take to instruct your students using lesson instructions, discussion questions and other resources found in the lesson plans.
  • Discussion topics/questions: Offers ideas for questions and topics you can share during your classroom discussions to encourage student participation and reinforce multiculturalism concepts.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning multiculturalism lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific multiculturalism topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your multiculturalism class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related multiculturalism lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important multiculturalism concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant multiculturalism-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

46 Lessons in Chapter 4: Multiculturalism Lesson Plans
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What Is Culture? - Lesson Plan

1. What Is Culture? - Lesson Plan

How would your students define culture? A video lesson explains key points while a research project allows students to delve deeper. Related lessons and extra activities are provided for ongoing instruction.

What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

2. What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

Culture is a huge topic of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define culture and distinguish between material and nonmaterial culture. As culture, nation, and society are often used interchangeably, we also distinguish between these three concepts.

Diversity Lesson Plan

3. Diversity Lesson Plan

Do your students understand the meaning of diversity? A video lesson defines the term while an in-class activity gives it personal meaning. Related lessons and extensions are provided should you require ongoing instruction.

What is Diversity? - Definition & Meaning

4. What is Diversity? - Definition & Meaning

This lesson defines the word diversity. It also gives examples of both visible and invisible diversity. Some examples of understanding diversity and why it is important are also discussed.

The Danger of a Single Story Lesson Plan

5. The Danger of a Single Story Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, students will interact with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's concept of the 'single story' and practice empathy by analyzing children's books from around the world.

Values Lesson Plan

6. Values Lesson Plan

What are values? A video lesson explains the concept and an activity allows students to examine their own values and those of a family member. To take instruction even further, utilize the included extra activities and related lessons.

What Are Values, Morals & Ethics?

7. What Are Values, Morals & Ethics?

In this lesson, learn the differences between ethics and morals. Consider how these terms can mean different things to philosophers compared with the general public and how values factor into the conversation.

Social Justice Lesson Plan

8. Social Justice Lesson Plan

Social justice is no easy topic to teach. However, with this lesson plan, you will be able to put social justice into perspective using examples drawn from education and an activity in which students design a just society.

What Is Social Justice? - Definition, Issues & Examples

9. What Is Social Justice? - Definition, Issues & Examples

You often hear people talking about the importance of social justice, but what is meant by it? This lesson takes a look at the overall idea of social justice while providing examples to explain just what it is.

Stereotypes Lesson Plan

10. Stereotypes Lesson Plan

Are your students stereotyping others? A video lesson explains what this means and an activity allows students to examine some documented cases. Extras in the form of related lessons and class extensions are included to take this topic further.

Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

11. Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

There are many different types of people in the world. What happens when one person thinks or feels a certain way about an entire group of people? Watch this lesson to find out about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

Social Justice Projects for High School Students

12. Social Justice Projects for High School Students

Fighting for social justice is part of being active as a democratic citizen. We can encourage our students to embrace this opportunity by involving them in social justice projects. Here are a few ideas you can implement.

Discrimination Lesson Plan

13. Discrimination Lesson Plan

Define discrimination and teach students the different types using this video-based lesson. Start off by talking about discrimination in a broad way, then narrow the focus to specific types. Finish up by reading primary-source documents outlining anti-discrimination laws.

What Is Discrimination? - Definition & Examples

14. What Is Discrimination? - Definition & Examples

Discrimination is the act of treating someone differently or unjustly based upon some characteristic. Learn about legal and illegal discrimination, federal laws that protect us from being discriminated against, and more.

Genocide Lesson Plan

15. Genocide Lesson Plan

Do your students know what genocide is? A text lesson provides critical information while a small group activity allows for deeper study. Optional extensions and related lessons support ongoing instruction.

What is Genocide? - Definition, History & Examples

16. What is Genocide? - Definition, History & Examples

In this lesson we will explore the meaning of genocide, offer some historical examples of genocide around the world, discuss the stages of a genocide, as well as the methods a country or state may use to deny a genocide has occurred.

Nationalism Lesson Plan

17. Nationalism Lesson Plan

What is nationalism and how does it impact political stability? This lesson plan explains this through a fact-filled text lesson. An activity gives students a chance to explore their own sense of nationalism.

How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

18. How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

Nationalism has the ability to provide tremendous benefits to a society, but also the capacity to wreak devastation if its power is misused. In this lesson, we'll take a look at nationalism's impact on the world stage.

Cultural Identity Lesson Plan

19. Cultural Identity Lesson Plan

Can your students distinguish between culture, ethnicity, race, and gender? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain each one while an activity highlights important social aspects of each.

Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

20. Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

This lesson will seek to explain the different human groupings of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. In doing so, it will discuss how these terms are and are not tied to biological and physical traits.

Institutional Racism: Definition, Examples & Statistics

21. Institutional Racism: Definition, Examples & Statistics

The topic of institutional racism has been brought up lately due to recent Black Lives Matter activity and protests. This lesson is about how we define institutional racism, with examples of this and relevant statistical information.

Counter-Culture Lesson Plan

22. Counter-Culture Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses several different mechanisms, including an activity and extension, to help your students learn about many different kinds of countercultures.

Counter-Culture: Definition & Examples

23. Counter-Culture: Definition & Examples

Countercultures are a big part of our history, but how much do you really know about them? In this lesson, we'll explore this concept and check out a few notable countercultures throughout history.

The Counter-Culture of Post-War America

24. The Counter-Culture of Post-War America

In this lesson we will explore the counter-culture of the postwar era. We will examine the groups and individuals who defied the conventions of mainstream society.

Cultural Relativism Lesson Plan

25. Cultural Relativism Lesson Plan

Teaching students about the theory of cultural relativism can be easy and fun. This lesson plan provides two video lessons to explain important concepts and an activity that gets students out of their seats as they process and apply the material.

Cultural Relativism in Sociology: Definition, Argument & Examples

26. Cultural Relativism in Sociology: Definition, Argument & Examples

In Bolivia, 14-year-old girls can legally get married. In China, men have to wait until they're 22. Why is there such a variance in what's acceptable and what's not? Cultural relativism explains why one society shouldn't try to impose its own beliefs onto another.

Ethnocentrism vs. Cultural Relativism

27. Ethnocentrism vs. Cultural Relativism

Culture is the glue that binds people together in society. It can include norms, values, symbols, and more. In this lesson, explore the two major ways in which people encounter other cultures: ethnocentrism or cultural relativism.

Ethnocentrism Lesson Plan

28. Ethnocentrism Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, you can introduce your students to the topic of ethnocentrism. An informative video lesson will define the term and discuss its characteristics and drawbacks. Students will then participate in a research/presentation activity to explore real-life examples of ethnocentrism in society.

Ethnocentrism in Sociology: Definition & Examples

29. Ethnocentrism in Sociology: Definition & Examples

Have you ever taken a first look at someone different than you and immediately thought, 'He's a bad guy,' or 'I don't like him,' even though you had no specific reason? Sure, you don't have to like everyone you meet; however, if you assign a negative label to anyone different from you without reason, then ethnocentrism might be at play!

Culture Shock Lesson Plan

30. Culture Shock Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help your students understand what culture shock is and the stages of culture shock. Using clips from a popular film as examples, students will identify and discuss behaviors in order to identify the stage of culture shock portrayed in the film clip.

Culture Shock: Definition, Stages & Examples

31. Culture Shock: Definition, Stages & Examples

Culture shock refers to the feelings of confusion and uncertainty that you experience when you come into contact with a new culture. Explore the five stages of culture shock, learn about reverse culture shock and more.

Cultural Heritage Lesson Plan

32. Cultural Heritage Lesson Plan

What is cultural heritage and how can it be honored? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to outline key facts for students. An activity gives students a chance to flaunt their cultural heritage.

Cultural Heritage: Definition & Types

33. Cultural Heritage: Definition & Types

In this lesson, we'll define cultural heritage, discuss both tangible and intangible cultural heritage, talk about why cultural heritage is important and see some basic examples of it.

Culture Iceberg Lesson Plan

34. Culture Iceberg Lesson Plan

What is culture and how is it learned? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to introduce the culture iceberg theory of Edward T. Hall. An activity leaves students with a tangible model of the theory.

Culture Iceberg: Theory & Model

35. Culture Iceberg: Theory & Model

Culture is a very complex topic, but there is at least one model to make this a lot easier to understand. In this lesson, we'll examine the iceberg model of culture and see what it can teach us.

Diversity Flag Lesson Plan

36. Diversity Flag Lesson Plan

Are your students familiar with the Diversity Flag? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline the history and significance of this epic symbol. An activity brings students together in a celebration of diversity.

Diversity Flag: Definition & Meanings

37. Diversity Flag: Definition & Meanings

The Diversity Flag can be found in most US cities today, but it wasn't always that way. In this lesson, we'll look at the history and development of this flag, and see how it became such an important symbol.

Peace Building: Definition & Strategies

38. Peace Building: Definition & Strategies

In this lesson, we'll learn what people and agencies around the world mean when they talk about peace building. We'll also look at some of the major components of peace building strategies.

Cultural Relativism Activities

39. Cultural Relativism Activities

Cultural relativism can be a complex topic to teach. The activities in this lesson will help your students explore concepts related to this topic and examine beliefs, values, and practices from the perspective of multiple cultures.

Racism Lesson Plan for Elementary School

40. Racism Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is racism and what effect has it had on people throughout history? In this lesson, students will explore the concept of racism, look at examples as they have appeared through our country's history, and complete an activity that reinforces the negativities associated with racism.

Cross-Cultural Communication Lesson Plan

41. Cross-Cultural Communication Lesson Plan

What is cross-cultural communication and why is it essential in business? This lesson plan introduces and exemplifies cross-cultural communication using a video lesson. An activity explores communication patterns from several different cultures.

National Stereotypes Lesson Plan

42. National Stereotypes Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students understand national stereotypes. Students will watch a video lesson, work collaboratively to create an anti-prejudice advertisement and test their knowledge with a short quiz.

Diversity Activities for College Students

43. Diversity Activities for College Students

In the college setting, an educator is able to have mature, well thought out conversations with students that will shape how they see the world. These activities are designed for college students to complete in a variety of settings.

Diversity Activities for Kids

44. Diversity Activities for Kids

Use these team and whole group activities with upper elementary students to help them connect to diversity in the classroom. Students will engage with each other by sharing their diverse strengths, abilities, ideas, and interests.

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

45. Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Hispanic cultures and history in the United States. These activities will give your students options for participating in this cultural celebration.

Identity Unit Plan

46. Identity Unit Plan

During adolescence, students are discovering themselves and developing their identity. This unit plan will guide you in helping your middle or high school students to form a healthy view of themselves and identify their essential characteristics.

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