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I created this website to provide activites and literature suggestions which will help students to understand their own cultural identity as well as learn about others. While this curriculum was developed for an 8th grade Language Arts classroom, many of the activities can be adapted to use in a high school level classroom or within other disciplines (especially social studies).


  • Arts > General
  • Arts > History
  • Arts > Popular Culture
  • Arts > Visual Arts
  • Education > General
  • Education > Multicultural Education
  • Information & Media Literacy > General
  • Information & Media Literacy > Evaluating Sources
  • Information & Media Literacy > Research Methods
  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
  • Language Arts > Research
  • Language Arts > Writing
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Anthropology
  • Social Studies > Current Events
  • Social Studies > Geography
  • Social Studies > Global Awareness
  • Social Studies > Research
  • Social Studies > Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Social Studies > World History
  • World Languages > General
  • World Languages > Cultural Awareness

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


culture; identity; writing; literature



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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-18.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This is a bank of four narrative lessons and related links to resources designed to help students better understand their own culture and the culture of others. The topics of investigation are the Harlem Renaissance, Immigration, Modern American Culture, and World War II. Noteworthy activities suggested to enhance this theme of understanding cultural identity include: poetry coffee house, analysis of and critical response to various texts (art, poetry, literature, blogs), and cultural autobiography. There are several opportunities for students to make meaningful personal connections. This is powerful and meaningful multicultural content. These materials would be useful as supplements to 8th grade (or higher) Language Arts and/or Social Studies. Rubrics, lesson plans, WebQuests, and vocabulary would be need to be created to fortify these materials.

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