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Cinderella Stories
This page contains a list of variations on the Cinderella story, each culture having its own unique variation. Lesson plans for Elementary, Intermediate, or Junior high students by Jean Rusting include: Tattercoats, Cap o'Rushes, The Twelve Months, and The Princess and the Golden Shoes. Also contained are links to Internet resources and a list of reference books, articles, picture books, full-length versions, and a "sampling of the versions of the tale that are available in folktale collections." The site is part of the "Children's Literature Web Guide" which is maintained by a librarian at the University of Calgary.

Educational Resources in Multiculturalism
This page from the Community Learning Network (part of the Open Learning Agency), "designed to help K-12 teachers integrate technology into the classroom," provides curricular resources, instructional materials, and theme pages to help students and teachers learn more about multiculturalism. The "Statement of Liability" explains the purpose and intended uses of this site.

Evidence of Democratic Principles in Our Schools
This is a three-part online activity designed to help educators explore equality in schools and democratic teaching principles. Dr. Cindy Pohan and Dr. Carla Mathison, Professor of Education, of the College of Education at San Diego State University, authored this site.

Holocaust Education for Children: Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for Kindergarten focuses on Differences, First Grade learns about Prejudice, Second Grade covers Different and Alike topics, Immigration it taught to Third Grade, Fourth Grade learns about the Rescue, and Fifth Grade lessons deal with The Holocaust. The sources used for this archive of lesson plans are credible and reliable.

Lesson Plans Library
"Find hundreds of original lesson plans, all written by teachers for teachers. Use the pull-down menus below to browse by subject, grade, or both." This site provides lesson plans for K-12 and is part of at

Making Multicultural Connections Through Trade Books: Lesson Index
The Montgomery County Public Schools (located in Rockville, Maryland) maintains this list of lesson plans as a part of its emphasis on providing multicultural perspectives. This site includes information from the district's"Program of Assessment, Diagnosis and Instruction (PADI) and its data base focused on multicultural tradebooks for elementary aged children. These books were selected because they represent a specific culture and its traditions, history, folktales, or current peoples. Some have lovely illustrations and others convey the culture through the sounds of the words, names and specific events depicted. Most of the books are written and/or illustrated by members of the particular culture being shared. The books often deal with themes that underscore the universality of human experience. The books bring children into a natural, non-threatening, experience of other people that cannot help but broaden and enrich their perspectives of the world. Students from specific cultures also benefit from seeing themselves, their families and their heritage reflected in these books."

Multicultural Lesson Plans and Resources
"Use this page to find multicultural lesson plans and resources." The site index includes links to collections of multicultural lesson plans, art, literature, math, music, science, social studies, women, Hispanics, African American, Civil Rights, Asians, Native Americans, immigration, homelessness/refugees, Jewish Americans, Russian Americans, Arab Americans/Molsem. Edmund J. Sass, a faculty member at the College of Saint Benedict/St. John's University, authors this page.

NJ Holocaust Commission: Sample Lesson Plans
This site is part of The State of New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and provides sample lesson plans concerning the Holocaust. Lesson plans are divided by grade level and listed by title. The "goal in preparing this curriculum guide, [is] to help our students develop a positive self image, behave as responsible individuals, and accept differences."

TeachersFirst Web Content Matrix
TeachersFirst provides this matrix of lesson plans for grades 1-12. Many of the categories include lessons that highlight multicultural themes. "TeachersFirst is a collection of original content, Internet resources, and lesson plans drawn from around the world." Each resource is selected and reviewed by one of TeachersFirsts reviewers, all of whom have classroom teaching experience.

Teaching Tolerance: Classroom Activities
"Locate specific Classroom Activities by using the Find Tool. Choose one criterion (e.g. Grade) or multiple criteria (e.g. Grade and Subject)." Find lesson plans on a variety of topics for all grades covering Creative Arts, Extracurricular, Interdisciplinary, Language Arts, Math and Science, School Policy and Social Studies. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization which "fights hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation", maintains the site.

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WWW Resources

Black Americans/African Americans
This page, available via the Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville Web site, provides links to United States government documents about the African American census and demographics; Civil Rights; economy, industry, business and labor; education; family and children; government and politics; health; history, military, science and technology; and women.

Christmas: A Multicultural Festival
This article published by "Access to Australia's Culture and Recreation" a division of Australian government discusses the changing face of Christmas; looks at its origins, its traditions, and its future; and how Australians celebrate Christmas. Use sites like this to demonstrate cultural approaches to holidays - both religious and otherwise.

Cuban Heritage Collection
"The mission of the Cuban Heritage Collection is to collect and preserve primary and secondary source materials pertaining to the history of Cuba from its discovery to the present. The CHC is also a repository of materials on Cuban exiles and Cuban-Americans and their impact on the growth and development of many parts of the United States, including the state of Florida and Miami-Dade County." The collection is part of the University of Miami libraries.

ALA Great Web Sites for Kids
This page lists sites, which are suggested for "children ages preschool to 14, their parents, and caregivers." Links to pages covering geography, cultural awareness, archaeology and anthropology, wildlife, and population are provided. The links are selected "by the Children and Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association." TV Schedule
This site provides a schedule for all of Discovery's networks, including the Discovery Channel, Discovery Health Online, TLC, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Times, Discovery Home and Leisure Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Wings Channel and Discovery Kids. Browse the scheduled programs to identify those related to multicultural themes. Another resource linked to this site is the Lesson Plans Library at where many lesson plans are available for use with purchased tapes of Discovery programs.

ERIC Clearinghouse: Multicultural/ Cultural/ Global/ Peace Education & Conflict Management
This page provides links to sites regarding multicultural, cultural, peace, and global education, as well as conflict management. The ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education is a "component of ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center), the education information service sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), and the National Library of Education."

Explore National Indian American Heritage Month
This site includes information about Native American "historic properties listed in the National Register, [as well as] National Register publications" about Native Americans.

Diversity Web
"The DiversityWeb Staff is a group of dedicated higher education professionals devoted to connecting, amplifying and advancing campus diversity work throughout postsecondary education." The site includes information about innovations and trends; research; and the content of a journal entitled "Diversity Digest" which describes "successfull diversity initiatives around the country."
This database of multicultural holidays is sponsored by and is viewable by month. "The FamilyCulture, an education and media company, was founded by mother and writer Bet Key Wong in 1995. Started as a bimonthly newsletter for Asian American families, The FamilyCulture launched in 1997."

For Educators
Several advocacy organizations sponsor this resource. This is part of AskAsia, which provides "access to high-quality, classroom-tested resources and cultural information, engaging games and activities, and links to relevant people, places, and institutions." "AskAsia is a collaborative effort with leading educational organizations that invest their resources and expertise to make AskAsia a clearinghouse of K-12 level information about Asia."

Hispanic Americans
This page, available via the Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville Web site, provides links to United States government documents about Hispanic census and population, economy, industry, business, labor, education, government and politics, and health.

KIDPROJs Multi-Cultural Calendar
Search this database of multi-cultural holidays by month, holiday, country or author of the article. "Since 1994, we have been developing a Multicultural Calendar as a valuable resource for all KIDLINK classrooms around the world." "Kidlink is based on the idea that getting kids around the world to talk to each other will allow them a direct experience with friends having the common experience of childhood but often in very different circumstances."

Literature on Race, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism
This site includes PowerPoint presentations, and Internet resources about multiculturalism, race, and ethnicity. The author "is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Values Institute at the University of San Diego."

Awesome Library provides this page of multicultural sub-topics, discussions, lesson plans, materials, papers, projects, resources, and worksheets. The cultures included consist of African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic American, Islam, Jewish, Native American and women. Subjects also covered are countries, cultural competence, equity, health, holidays, intercultural communication, multicultural competence, multicultural toolkit, multicultural training, religions, and religious diversity. The purposes of Awesome library are to "promote long term world peace," "enhance communication through the use of Web-based solutions," and to "evaluate solutions in the fields of health, education, and criminal justice." "The Project Director for this effort is Dr. R. Jerry Adams, who has over 25 years of experience in managing educational programs on a national, state, and local level." Sites included here are reviewed for reliability and appropriateness for use in K-12 curriculum.

This site has links to many multicultural resources. The site was developed and is maintained by Mrs. Janet R. Young, a first grade teacher at P.S. 161 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York.

National Clearinghouse of U.S. Japan Studies
Funded by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies at Indiana University specializes in providing educational information about Japan to K-12 students, teachers, specialists, and curriculum developers.

Native American Authors
"This website provides information on Native North American authors with bibliographies of their published works, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts and tribal websites. Currently the website primarily contains information on contemporary Native American authors, although some historical authors are represented. The website will continue to expand, adding additional authors, books and web resources."

Pew Hispanic Center
"Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a non-partisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos growing impact on the entire nation. Timeliness, relevance and scientific rigor characterize the Centers work. The Center does not advocate for or take positions on policy issues. . . .The Center conducts and commissions studies on a range of topics, taking on the tough questions and producing reliable answers.. . . . An annual, nationwide survey explores Latino attitudes on public policy issues, as well as their beliefs, values and experiences. Conducted in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, these surveys gather valuable information about long-term trends in Latino views."

SACNAS Biography Project
" These pages are designed as a resource for K-12 educators who are interested in teaching their students about the accomplishments of Chicano/Latino and Native American scientists. Profiles of scientists, mathematicians and engineers have been written at the middle school and high school levels and are organized in the following ways: by scientists last name, by scientific subject/discipline, by grade level, and by women scientists." "Highlighting the life stories and professional contributions of Native American, Chicano and Latino scientists, mathematicians and engineers, the SACNAS Biography Project was created for use in the K-12 classroom. 'The purpose of the biographies is for the students to see themselves reflected in the lives that are presented here.' - Dr. William Yslas Vélez, Biography Project Principal Investigator."

Some Noteworthy Americans of Asian or Pacific Island Heritage
This page links to biographical information about well-known Asian Americans. It is part of the Internet School Library Media Center, which is administered by Inez Ramsey, Professor Emeritus, James Madison University.

Teaching Multiculturalism: Focus on People
This article outlines suggestions for teaching elementary children about acceptance. It also includes suggestions for follow-up activities. This site is authored by Deborah A. Wallace, an elementary school teacher in the Pocono Mountain School.

Through Our Parents' Eyes: Tuscon's Diverse Community
"Through Our Parents' Eyes: Tucson's Diverse Community, shares the history and experiences of Tucsonans from various ethnic backgrounds in a way that acknowledges our multi-cultural heritage. These digital histories combine historical images, text, audio, and video, with stories of Tucson told by some of Tucson's founding members. The exhibit has grown, since its inception in 1996, to be one of the largest community-based digital collections on the World Wide Web."

Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page
Kay E. Vandergrift, Professor, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, at Rutgers University authors this page which includes links to bibliographies of children's literature about Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans.

World Heritage Tour
The purpose of this site is [d]issemination of . . . virtual reality movies for documentation and promotion of . . .World Heritage."

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