Ch 3: Teaching Multicultural Books

About This Chapter

Complete this chapter to review ways you can incorporate lessons about multicultural books into your class's curriculum and assess your students' understanding of those books.

Teaching Multicultural Books - Chapter Summary

These lessons will provide you with examples of lesson plans and comprehension questions you may refer to while you are creating your own lessons about various multicultural books. These lessons will provide you with helpful resources for lessons on multicultural books, such as:

  • A Boy Called Slow
  • A Single Shard
  • The Family Under the Bridge

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: This lesson provides examples of ways you can incorporate multicultural books in your class curriculum.
  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Use this chapter to review example questions used to assess student's comprehension of various multicultural books.
  • Curriculum standards: Use these lessons to discover ways you can incorporate multicultural books in your class to meet multicultural education requirements.

How It Works

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

  • Find lesson plans for specific multicultural books you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your reading class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related reading 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 reading concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant reading-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

36 Lessons in Chapter 3: Teaching Multicultural Books
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Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod Activities

1. Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod Activities

'Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod' is an exciting book written by Robert J. Blake about an Iditarod dog determined to win his race. Use the activities below to help students connect with the story and learn a lesson from Akiak.

My Librarian is a Camel Lesson Plan

2. My Librarian is a Camel Lesson Plan

Increase student understanding of the book 'My Librarian is a Camel' with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what mobile libraries are and explore different types, asking and answering questions and working on comprehension skills. Finish with an activity and quiz.

My Librarian is a Camel Summary

3. My Librarian is a Camel Summary

Are you looking for a fascinating read? 'My Librarian Is a Camel' will show you how an everyday experience, going to the library, varies in countries around the world. Read this lesson for a preview of 'My Librarian Is a Camel.'

My Librarian is a Camel Activities

4. My Librarian is a Camel Activities

Reading 'My Librarian is a Camel' with your students? This lesson plan provides you with multi-level activities you can use with your students to reinforce concepts using materials you already have on hand.

A Boy Called Slow Lesson Plan

5. A Boy Called Slow Lesson Plan

What's in a name? To a young Native American boy, it meant teasing and longing to be as great as his father and uncle. In 'A Boy Called Slow', the true story of Chief Sitting Bull is explained. This lesson plan will allow your students to understand the power of a name, and its impact on our lives.

A Boy Called Slow Summary

6. A Boy Called Slow Summary

Can you imagine having a name that you absolutely hated? Such is the case for the main character of Joseph Bruchac's children's book A Boy Called Slow. Unfortunately for the main character, Slow happens to be his real name. In this lesson, you will learn more about this story.

A Single Shard Lesson Plan

7. A Single Shard Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you review with students the plot of 'A Single Shard' by Linda Sue Park. Students will discuss the book's themes and write about an experience in their own life in which they have accomplished a goal.

A Single Shard Summary

8. A Single Shard Summary

A Single Shard is a novel by Linda Sue Park that focuses on the life of Tree-ear, an orphan who lives under a bridge with a disabled man named, Crane-man. Tree-ear has a fascination with the potters in town, and we can see the efforts he goes through to be a part of this tradition.

My Name Is Maria Isabel Lesson Plan

9. My Name Is Maria Isabel Lesson Plan

Increase student understanding of the story 'My Name is Maria Isabel' by Alma Flor Ada with this lesson plan. Students will read the text lesson to help them summarize plot and analyze characters before they apply their new knowledge to an engaging activity.

My Name Is Maria Isabel: Summary & Vocabulary

10. My Name Is Maria Isabel: Summary & Vocabulary

Have you ever been the new student at school? 'My Name is Maria Isabel' is a book about a girl in just this situation! Let's look at the challenges she faces and overcomes in this story.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Lesson Plan

11. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Lesson Plan

Did your students grasp the underlying messages presented in 'Granny Torrelli Makes Soup' by Sharon Creech? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to review key points. An activity connects students to textual references to support analysis.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup: Summary & Characters

12. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup: Summary & Characters

This lesson provides a summary of Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. Here we will learn about what happens in the story, who the main characters are, and what roles they play.

Make a Wish, Molly Lesson Plan

13. Make a Wish, Molly Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students to understand the reading of 'Make a Wish, Molly.' It will give students an opportunity to discuss their thoughts as well as complete an activity to show their understanding of the reading material.

Molly the Brave and Me Lesson Plan

14. Molly the Brave and Me Lesson Plan

Use the book 'Molly the Brave and Me' to teach students important comprehension skills. The lesson contains activities to do before, during and after reading and includes a culminating project.

Molly's Pilgrim Lesson Plan

15. Molly's Pilgrim Lesson Plan

Using the book 'Molly's Pilgrim' by Barbara Cohen, students will be guided summarizing, questioning and analyzing strategies before, during and after reading to strengthen understanding. Finish with a culminating activity.

A Likely Place by Paula Fox Lesson Plan

16. A Likely Place by Paula Fox Lesson Plan

Increase comprehension of the novel 'A Likely Place' with this lesson plan. Students will explore the plot and characters in this story to gain a deeper understanding, then finish with a project and quiz.

A Likely Place by Paula Fox Summary

17. A Likely Place by Paula Fox Summary

In this lesson, we will explore the plot and characters in Paula Fox's children's book 'A Likely Place.' We will meet Lewis and learn lessons about intercultural communication and understanding cultural differences.

Abuela's Weave Lesson Plan

18. Abuela's Weave Lesson Plan

'Abuela's Weave,' by Omar Castendo, is a beautiful story of love and passing traditions from generation to generation. Your students will learn about emotive language and the country of Guatemala through art, research and writing exercises.

For You Are a Kenyan Child Lesson Plan

19. For You Are a Kenyan Child Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the culture of Kenya and a little boy's plight to have fun in ''For You Are a Kenyan Child'' by Kelly Cunnane. Students will listen to the story, answer questions and complete an activity.

Tar Beach Lesson Plan

20. Tar Beach Lesson Plan

''Tar Beach'' by Faith Ringgold is about a young lady who dreams she has special powers to help her dad escape prejudice and her family eliminate poverty. Students will enjoy listening to the story, answering questions, and completing the activity.

In the Time of Drums Lesson Plan

21. In the Time of Drums Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, retell the story, and define unfamiliar terms while reading ''In the Time of the Drums'' by Kim L. Siegelson.

Night of the Full Moon Lesson Plan

22. Night of the Full Moon Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the unfair treatment of Native Americans when they read ''Night of the Full Moon'' by Gloria Whelan. Vocabulary words, discussion questions, and a poem writing activity help to solidify their understanding of the book.

Appalachia: The Voices Of Sleeping Birds Lesson Plans

23. Appalachia: The Voices Of Sleeping Birds Lesson Plans

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe the author's message, and define unfamiliar terms while reading 'Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds' by Cynthia Rylant and Barry Moser.

The Harvest Birds Lesson Plan

24. The Harvest Birds Lesson Plan

Has anyone ever told you that you can do anything you put your mind to? Well, in the book, 'The Harvest Birds' by Blanca Lopez de Mariscal, Juan proves it to be true! We'll find out more in this lesson.

Yellow Bird and Me Lesson Plan

25. Yellow Bird and Me Lesson Plan

Increase student comprehension and engagement with the book 'Yellow Bird and Me' using this lesson plan. We include pre, during, and post-reading activities to strengthen reading skills and focus learning.

Pablo's Tree Lesson Plan

26. Pablo's Tree Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, understand the meaning of unfamiliar words, and learn about family traditions while reading ''Pablo's Tree'' by Pat Mora.

Night Tree Lesson Plan

27. Night Tree Lesson Plan

This lesson plan offers activities to support the text ''Night Tree'' by Eve Bunting. Students will discuss the book, develop wild animal assistance ideas, decorate a crafted tree, and write about their own family traditions.

Night Tree Craft Lesson Plan

28. Night Tree Craft Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, discuss family traditions, retell the story through illustrations and text after reading 'Night Tree' by Eve Bunting.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree Lesson Plan

29. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe characters, and define unfamiliar words while reading ''The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree'' by Gloria Houston.

Tree of Cranes Lesson Plan

30. Tree of Cranes Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, use illustrations and text to draw inferences, and recognize cultural diversity while reading ''Tree of Cranes'' by Allen Say.

Dancing in the Wings Lesson Plan

31. Dancing in the Wings Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text and explore how to make their mark on the world like Sassy in 'Dancing in the Wings' by Debbie Allen.

Jingle Dancer Lesson Plan

32. Jingle Dancer Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe characters, and define vocabulary related to Native American culture while reading ''Jingle Dancer'' by Cynthia Leitich Smith.

The Scarecrow's Dance Lesson Plan

33. The Scarecrow's Dance Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about the book ''The Scarecrow's Dance'' by Jane Yolen. It will also give them the chance to participate in a fun, hands-on activity related to the story.

Jazz On A Saturday Night Lesson Plan

34. Jazz On A Saturday Night Lesson Plan

Through passive listening, discussion and activities, your class will learn about jazz music in this lesson plan. The book ''Jazz on a Saturday Night'' by Leo and Diane Dillon is used as the foundation piece of the lesson plan.

Carlos and the Skunk Lesson Plan

35. Carlos and the Skunk Lesson Plan

Would you ever try to pick up a skunk? Carlos did! Let's find out what happens in this lesson as we read ~'Carlos and the Skunk~' by Jan Romero Stevens. At the same time, we will learn new vocabulary words and practice working with synonyms.

This is the Way We Go to School Lesson Plan

36. This is the Way We Go to School Lesson Plan

Teach students about rhyme and rhyme scheme with this lesson on ''This is the Way We Go to School'' by Edith Baer. The lesson also includes a comprehension activity and a writing exercise that allows students to share their opinions on the text.

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