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Instructional Materials in Multiculturalism

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Multiculturalism. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Canadian Immigration Theme Page

Countries Theme Page

GenealogyTheme Page

Masks Theme Page

General Multiculturalism Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Multiculturalism. Please read our disclaimer.

Ask Asia: Instructional Resources
Their "lesson plans" selection has lesson plans related to Asia, many of which include links to related readings, images, or classroom activities. There are also instructional materials (readings, downloadable images and maps), and links to other Asian resources. Additional resources on this page include bibliographies, reviews, and resource locators.

Celebrating Diversity
In this year long multidisciplinary unit, intermediate students find similarities and differences between cultures and research one specific country.

Comparative Civilizations 12
Here's a curriculum guide for a grade 12 course from British Columbia that "provides students with a range of experiences and skills that facilitate their understanding of, and sensitivity to, a variety of cultures."

Cultural Diversity
A lesson plan for grade 10-12 students which is designed to help students increase their awareness of lifestyles, stereotyping, sexism, racism, and cultural diversity.

Cultural Diversity
Intended for students in grades 7-10, the purpose of this 10-20 day eaching unit is to increase student awareness about Cultural Diversity in Canada, including the diversity of Canada's Native People. Activities include role-playing, creative writing, critical reading, analysis of data, and Internet use.

[The] Culture Concept
This unit plan uses four activities to introduce grade 7 students to the concept of culture and to help them acquire and organize information about people and culture.

Cultures around the World
Nine teaching units from IBM in which students use Internet resources to learn more about Cultures. One unit is for grades K-2 and the other is for grades 3-5. Teacher guides are available.

Cultures of our Nation
A grade K-4 lesson plan designed to be used daily for several months of the school year. It is intended to build self-esteem and allow students to become more aware of their rich cultures.

Foreign Language and Culture
A secondary school lesson plan to show students how the "culture of a country and the language must necessarily go together. Without the cultural aspects, much of the language usage is lost in everyday life within the country."

Holiday Lesson Plans
Lin and Don Donn have put together an extensive meta-collection of links to sites with lesson plans about holidays. This page of their collection (page 2) focuses on holidays celebrated in other countries and is a good way of supporting multiculturalism.

Learning for a Sustainable Future: Classroom Activities (LSF)
"Learning for a Sustainable Future is a Pan-Canadian nonprofit organization whose mandate is to work with educators from across Canada to integrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development into the curricula at all grade levels." This set of lesson plans deals with the concepts of human rights, human liberties, multiculturalism, and discrimination and can be used at the K-12 level.

Looking at Ourselves and Others
This global education web site is offered by World Wise Schools, a project sponsored by the US Peace Corps. Its intent is to help students define culture, develop global perspectives, and challenge assumptions. Lesson plans are organized by grade level (3-5, 6-9, and 10-12) and, within each grade level, there are several lessons targeted on each of the three objectives. Lesson plans contain an estimate of class time needed, materials, a statement of objectives, step-by-step procedures, debriefing exercises, and suggestions for extending the activity.

Multicultural Stories
This teaching unit from Queen's University has about a dozen lesson plans for middle school teachers. Students learn about the cultures and regions of Canada through reading, researching, writing, discussing, and reporting. Specific topics within the unit are a student autobiography, Canadian immigrants, multiculturalism across Canada, and First Nations.

RETANET: Resources for Teaching about the Americas
A searchable database of 65 lesson plans written by and for secondary teachers which deal with Latin America. The lesson plans incorporate the study of Latin America into various subjects, including Spanish, Social Studies, Science, Math, Art andLanguage Arts. Many lessons are cross-disciplinary and some integrate the Internet into the activities.

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