Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Monthly Update sign up
Mailing List signup
Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4 Workshop 5 Workshop 6 Workshop 7 Workshop 8
Workshop 4: Research and Discovery - An Na, Edwidge Danticat, Laurence Yep, and more
Authors and Literary Works
Video Summary
Teaching Strategies
Student Work
General Resources
Teaching Strategies
Works By and About Author
Additional Resources
Interactive Workbook -- Explore two poems using strategies from these workshops. Go.
Channel-Talk -- Share your views on the discussion board. Go.

Additional Resources


Chang, Iris. The Chinese in America: A Narrative History. New York: Penguin, 2004.
Chang writes about the coming of the Chinese to America in the 1850s and traces the challenges, successes, and contributions of Chinese American communities and individuals up to the present.

Chin, Frank, et al., eds. Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers. New York: Mentor, 1974.
This Asian American literature anthology was a seminal book in Asian American and multicultural literary history, and offers stories and poems for readers of all ages.

Dorris, Michael. Morning Girl. New York: Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 1992.
This novel is about the lives of two Taíno children, Morning Girl and her brother, Star Boy, in pre-Columbian America.

Kim, Elaine H. Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings and Their Social Context. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1982.
This general introduction to Asian American literature also supplies classroom teaching tips.

Landowne, Youme. Selavi, That Is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope. El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press, 2004.
Selavi is a young child living on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He and a group of other children face many challenges, but soon find a voice when they start a radio program, Radyo Timoun.

Liu, Eric. The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker. New York: Random House, 1998.
In this collection of essays, Liu examines his own identity as an Asian American and questions the idea of assimilation.

Lyon, George Ella. Where I'm From. Spring, TX: Absey and Co., 1999.
This book offers insight into the formal aspects of writing poetry and the personal stories that inspire it.

Martinez, Elizabeth. 500 Años del Pueblo Chicano/500 Years of Chicano History. Albuquerque: Southwest Organizing Project, 1990.
This collection of photos, poetry, and essays narrates the Chicano history and experience.

Shea, Pegi Deitz. Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story. New York: Clarion, 2003.
In this novel for young adults, Mai and her grandmother face complicated and mixed emotions as they leave a refugee camp in Thailand and come to live with their family in the United States.

Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. New York: Penguin, 1989.
This historical overview puts together letters, journals, newspaper ads, and other historic artifacts to tell a broad story of Asian American history.

Suggested Text Set Books

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Friends from the Other Side. San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 1995.
This picture book, illustrated by Consuelo Méndez, tells of some of the experiences Prietita has with Joaquín, a young boy who just crossed the border into Texas with his mother.

Bruchac, Joseph. Crazy Horse's Vision. New York: Lee and Low, 2000.
In this picture book, illustrated by S. D. Nelson, young Crazy Horse goes through a rite of passage and finds hope in a vision that can help his people.

Choi, Yangsook. The Name Jar. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2001.
This picture book for young readers tells a story about a young girl who has come from Korea and is anxious about telling people her name in school.

Ikeda, Daisaku. Over the Deep Blue Sea. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1992.
Akiko and Hiroshi's friendship with Pablo is threatened by memories of World War II in this book illustrated by Brian Wildsmith.

Lawrence, Jacob. The Great Migration: An American Story. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
This book offers the paintings and writings of Jacob Lawrence, who documented the migration of African Americans from the Southern states to the North in the 1940s.

Lee, Milly. Nim and the War Effort. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997.
In this picture book illustrated by Yangsook Choi, Nim strives to win the newspaper drive at her school and earn her grandfather's respect.

Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. New York: Lee and Low, 1995.
Shorty, a Japanese American boy interned at a camp during World War II, builds hope and self-confidence through the game of baseball.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Space Between Our Footsteps. New York: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, 1998.
More than 100 poets from the Middle East are presented in this book, along with some paintings.

Rodríguez, Luis. América Is Her Name. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 1998.
América uses poetry to help deal with the challenges of growing up as a Latina immigrant in Chicago.

Web Sites

Country Studies Haiti Page
The articles on this comprehensive site come from the United States Library of Congress and cover many aspects of Haiti's societal structures, politics, history, and economic development.


Transcontinental Railroad. PBS, 2003.
This site gives general information about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and has a section devoted to the laborers who built it.

What's Wrong with Frank Chin? Curtis Choy, 2005.
Director Curtis Choy documents author Frank Chin's achievements and controversies through his own interviews with Chin as well as commentary from other writers and professors.

back to top
Workshop Home Support Materials About this Workshop Sitemap
Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades Workshop Home

© Annenberg Foundation 2017. All rights reserved. Legal Policy