One great way to include multicultural materials into your language program is by teaching biographies.  Biographies can celebrate heroes from various cultures.  When the biographies are choose carefully it can provide examples of various positive role models from many different backgrounds.  Students can connect to the person and story.  Also biographies can help students learn to tell their own story.  This is important for ALL students especially ELLs.  Telling our own stories allows us to find commonalities with others where we may not have seen these similarities before.

Here is my Unit for teaching biographies.  Included in this unit is

  • 4 sample shared reading biographies
  • Bump It Up bulletin planner
  • 6 week lesson cycle
  • Learning goals and success criteria Anchor Charts
  • Success Criteria Checklist for self and peer assessments
Do you need ideas on books that would be good for this unit.  Click on these book covers to read more


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