Understanding Diversity and Cultures
Target Grades: 9th -12th
Duration: 1-2 weeks (including reading text)
Goal: To give students an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and diversity in the world today using YA Literature.
Objectives: Students will develop diverse and multicultural perspectives, diverse and cultural consciousness, and increase their diverse and intercultural competences.
Instructional Delivery/Student Activities
Quick Write: What does diversity mean to you? What does culture mean to you? Why are cultures and diversity important?
Brainstorm: Create a list of events, current or historical, that show a lack of respect for a culture or for diversity. Discuss what the implications of these events were/are.
Think/Pair Share: Why is important to learn about other cultures? Why should we learn about others’ differences? What can be the result of not respecting differences?
Brainstorm: What are some ways people can become more informed and tolerant of others’ differences? What could be the result of learning about other cultures and diversity?
YA Literature: Students will pick a diverse YA literature book from a list provided by the teacher (or if they have one they would like to read, they may have it approved by the teacher).
Author’s Background: Research the author. Why do you think the author chose to write this particular book? Was there an underlying reason?
Title: Look at the title. What predictions can you make about the book? Is there a message about diversity/culture in the title?
Close Reading Activity: As the students read their chosen books, they will look for specific clues to diversity/culture:
- Find four quotes from the book that explains the narrator’s point of view about the culture and/or diversity.
- What do these quotes reveal about the narrator’s attitude?
- Find three examples from the reading of new information you gained about the culture or diversity.
- What is the theme of the story? The overall message the author is trying to get across?
Post Reading Activity
Write a paragraph explaining new information you gained from the reading. Cite at least three pieces of evidence to support your claim.
Create a media presentation (podcast, video, slideshow, etc.) highlighting the reasons for learning about diversity and/or other cultures. Upload the presentation to my website to be shared and enjoyed by all.
Nebraska ELA Standards: