Laura A. Diaz ____ Teach Write

TEACHER, AUTHOR, EDUblogger "I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike

A Dozen Inspiring Ideas for the Multicultural Classroom


I have done some initial footwork for you and this article is the result of my gleanings. Here you will find  a collection of great resources, articles, ideas and links to help you in your quest to be a globally connected educator. Engage your students in a relevant way in order to not only help them be successful in the classroom but beyond.

Below you will find a link and a description of each resource that you may find helpful.  If anything, some of these links may get your own creative juices flowing and spark some ideas for your own unique lesson plans or ideas.  I would love to hear them!  🙂

1. Educators Use Rap Music as Teaching Tool

Some young schoolteachers in Los Angeles turn to rap music as a way to teach students fundamentals of reading, writing and math. They say street rhymes and hip hop are effective teaching tools. NPR’s Mandalit del Barco reports.

2. Latino Experience, Issues, and Resources

“ WISE website where we are working to improve schools and education.”

“The purpose of this website is to provide anyone interested in improving U.S. schools with valuable information and resources about important issues in education and teaching. The information and resources presented here are the product of ongoing work by an education professor, Jeff Claus, at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY and students in one of his courses. Most of these students are preparing to teach and work with young people in disciplines ranging from social studies, biology, English, Spanish, and math, to music, speech & language development, and health & physical education.  The course, the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, is a broad-based, social science study of U.S. education involving history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics, and politics. It focuses on analysis of contemporary issues in education, with particular emphasis on issues of equity, diversity, multicultural education, and the development of schools more effective for ALL students and families. The purpose of the course is to help students interested in education and teaching develop greater sociocultural understanding and skill and a critically reflective framework and knowledge base for making informed decisions about issues of educational policy and practice.

 Select topics based on your interests and needs to find information we hope will be helpful in creating effective, engaging, multicultural, culturally respectful, equitable, and empowering schools, classrooms, and communities.”

3. Understanding Stereotypes

            Subject: U.S. History

  • Grade(s): 9-12

  • Duration: Three class periods


Students will understand the following:

1. Assumptions can lead to stereotypes and unfair judgements about people as individuals and cultures.

2. Stereotypes and biases dramatically affect our lives.

Adaptations: “Younger children may not have an understanding or awareness of the concepts of race and ethnicity as they operate in society. However, they can be introduced to the concepts of categorizing, making assumptions, and stereotyping by exploring gender bias in a one-day activity. Limit categories in the exercise to “boys” and “girls” and brainstorm with students a list of adjectives that come to mind when they think of either group. Work with students to define the word “assumption” and point to examples of assumptions from the student-generated lists for boys and girls. Students should take part in a free writing exercise on a personal experience when an assumption was made about them because of gender. Students can then create a collage that combines the student-generated assumptions relating to gender, their own personal experiences, and related newspaper and magazine clippings.”

4. Multicultural Education Internet Resource Guide


From Dr. Jon Reyhner

“This guide (has links) to over 50 web sites(and) was created to assist multicultural educators in locating educational resources on the Internet. World wide access to multicultural information and current events in other regions makes the Internet an important educational tool. Teachers through the internet have access to lesson plans, on-line photo galleries, stories, maps, virtual field trip, international radio programming, and e-mail pen pals. In the multicultural classroom these resources can be used to create thematic units…”

5. National Association for Multicultural Education

Teaching Resources

“What DO I Call You People???” – Using Culturally Appropriate Language

Too often, through ignorance or bigotry, the use of language can be hurtful and perpetuate long-held prejudices. In our efforts to continue to become a more civilized society, it is critical that we take the time to educate ourselves on the power of language to either strain our relations or bring people together. Here we begin to gather some resources.”

6. Multicultural Lesson Plans and Resources

From ED-Resources :  

Use this page to find multicultural lesson plans and resources. Scroll down the page, or click on a topic: Collections/General Multicultural Lesson Plans, Teaching Tolerance, Art,Literature, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, Women, Hispanics, African American, Civil Rights, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Immigration,Homelessness/Refugees, Jewish Americans, Russian Americans, Arab Americans/Moslems

7.  Rethinking Schools

Fantastic articles and resources from:

From there web site:

“In 1986, a group of Milwaukee-area teachers had a vision.

They wanted not only to improve education in their own classrooms and schools, but to help shape reform throughout the public school system in the United States.

Today that vision is embodied in Rethinking Schools.

Rethinking Schools began as a local effort to address problems such as basal readers, standardized testing, and textbook-dominated curriculum. Since its founding, it has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials, with subscribers in all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and many other countries.

While the scope and influence of Rethinking Schools has changed, its basic orientation has not. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race.

Throughout its history, Rethinking Schools has tried to balance classroom practice and educational theory. It is an activist publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents, and students. Yet it also addresses key policy issues, such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding equity, and school-to-work.”

8. Multicultural Education in Your Classroom  By: E.K. Garcia

Via   K-12 News, Lessons & Shared Resources

By Teachers, For Teachers Provided by the K-12 Teachers Alliance

“Multicultural education is more than celebrating Cinco de Mayo with tacos and piñatas or reading the latest biography of Martin Luther King Jr. It is an educational movement built on basic American values such as freedom, justice, opportunity, and equality. It is a set of strategies aimed to address the diverse challenges experienced by rapidly changing U.S. demographics. And it is a beginning step to shifting the balance of power and privilege within the education system.” (E.K.Garcia)

9. The Global Classroom Project

“Enabling teachers to connect, learn, share, collaborate, and lead – globally!”

Via Michael Graffin

From their web site:

“The Global Classroom Project was co-founded in March 2011 by two teachers on opposite sides of the world –  Deb Frazier (Ohio, USA), and Michael Graffin (Perth, Western Australia). We have still yet to meet face-to-face.

Since expanding the project in June 2011, we’ve built vibrant online collaborative spaces and a global network, helping teachers and students around the world to explore new ways to connect, share, learn and collaborate globally.

We’ve grown to include over 300 K-12  from 35 countries around the world; and have hosted over a dozen global projects – organised and run by our participants. You can find out more about our history, and projects by visiting our current wiki – at

10. MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION  Lesson Plans with a Multicultural Focus

“This (growing) compilation of lesson plans available to teachers (K-12) targets multicultural education; however, one will also discover lesson plans for other subjects. Consult Lesson Plans for additional general sites.”

11. Diversity: Understanding and Teaching Diverse Students

Image via: *Please visit this fantastic blog site!

In-class activities via: BYU  David O. McKay School of Education

“Activities allow students to experience new things and to express their feelings. Benefits include the following:

  • Help educators reach students who may benefit from more hands-on or practical learning experiences

  • Allow students to become actively involved in the learning process

  • Encourage students to critically think about and analyze information themselves, rather than passively receiving knowledge

Ways to Incorporate Multicultural Education Activities Into a Classroom
  • Revise teaching techniques to increase the success and effectiveness of the activity

  • Encourage all students to participate (especially during discussion)

  • Plan adequate time to process the activity

  • Ask open-ended questions

  • Foster a feeling of emotional safety in the classroom by respecting every student’s opinion and encouraging all students to be respectful of one another”

Follow the link to read the full article! 🙂

12. Multicultural Lesson Plans Listed by Discipline


A great resource for both artists and educators!


So there you have it!  Although not an exhaustive list, it is my hope that these articles, resources, and links will point you in the direction on your own path toward becoming a globally connected educator in this beautiful multicultural world.

Happy trekking!  😉


20 comments on “A Dozen Inspiring Ideas for the Multicultural Classroom

  1. Felicia Oriz
    June 4, 2015

    Wonderful resource! I hope you do not mind, but I am making a bookmark button on my Symbaloo page jus for this post. It is a fantastic resource. I can see why you earned the Best New Multicultural Education Blog a couple of years back. Please continue sharing your thoughts and resources. They are much appreciated. Felicidades!


  2. April
    June 3, 2015

    I could not resist commenting. Very well written!


  3. Spencer Weiss
    March 21, 2015

    Very helpful and informational links. Thanks for what you do.


  4. ShanaS
    February 26, 2015

    So true! We need more thinker and writers like you. Followed.


  5. Nicole
    February 14, 2015

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  6. Calli
    February 7, 2015

    Very informative. You have a fun blog here. Thanks!


  7. LorenzoA.
    November 5, 2014

    I love your blog. I haven’t even read all of your content yet but I have registered to get your updates by email. Thanks! Oh yeah, I follow you on wattpad also! So when are you going to add more chapters to Blanca?


  8. Ms.Nancy
    October 22, 2014

    You’ve done it again. Great post!


  9. Tina Spencer
    October 20, 2014

    What a resource you have compiled here. Kudos!


  10. Zeebee
    October 17, 2014

    Excellent compilation.Keep up the good work.


  11. Wendy
    October 17, 2014

    I am awed. Great collection. I haven’t even looked at all of them yet. Thanks for doing this! 🙂


  12. BillG.
    October 16, 2014

    This is great. What a resource. I can’t imagine how long it took you to research all this. Bookmarked and followed.


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  14. Brooks
    July 19, 2014

    Right on target with this. Thanks for posting!


  15. MichaelMaddison
    July 19, 2014

    You hit this one out of the ball park! Good job. 🙂


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  17. Nonnie
    July 1, 2014

    Brilliant! 🙂


  18. MichaelLakeside27
    June 26, 2014

    Thank you for great info!


  19. Tina Moreno
    May 29, 2014

    I love this post. Keep up the good work and sharing with us! 🙂


  20. Joanne
    March 3, 2014

    Fun! Love your ideas.


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