Creating Culturally Relevant Lessons
A Culturally Relevant Lesson:
- allows students from diverse backgrounds to learn from a
familiar cultural base, to acknowledge their ancestors and people like
themselves, and to develop pride and understanding in their culture.
- can connect new knowledge to their own
experiences, thus empowering them to build on their personal background
- provides different
examples from those presented in textbooks and shows students and
teachers from the majority culture that women and minorities have participated
in many kinds of activities.
- employs materials based on the culture and
history of different ethnic groups.
- builds and strengthens the self-esteem of students from diverse backgrounds.
- provides positive ethnic
affiliation that influences the development of students' values, attitudes, lifestyle
choices, and approaches to learning.
- allows all students to learn and respect other cultural groups'
heritage and history.
Teachers can help students keep their culture
instilled in their hearts and in their minds by incorporating multicultural
perspectives in their lessons by:
- addressing students' real life situations in their teaching
- drawing examples from students' and their own
(Reference: Menchaca, V. (2001). Providing a culturally relevant curriculum for Hispanic children. Multicultural Education, 8
The following video uses the topic culturally familiar foods and examples to enhance
concept acquisition for a science lesson on proteins and carbohydrates.
In this video, the host talks about the Thosai/Dosai which is
a food rich in
both carbohydrates (rice) and proteins (urad dhall/black gram dhal) and
is a familiar meal of students who have immigrated from the
southern Indian subcontinent and South East Asia (Malaysia
and Singapore) for breakfast and/or dinner.
Watch the video and carry out the following activities:
1. Describe how the video's content fulfills the requirements of a culturally relevant lesson (refer to attributes of A Culturally Relevant Lesson).
- Post your comments on the ANGEL Class Discussion Forum Page.
2. Open the following links to view additonal resources on the topic Thosai/Dosai:
- Using these resources create and record a narrative that will enhance the video.
- Your narrative must include content from at least two of the URLs listed above.
3. The following are additional activities the teacher
can implement into this lesson.
teacher can ask the students to think about the video and call on studentsto summarize the video's content.
teacher can help students make the
connection between the concepts being taught and the video host's discussion of the topic.
- Post two other additional activities you can implement into this lesson.
4. Briefly discuss where you will insert
this video or its enahnced version with your recorded narrative in your
lesson plan for the topic on carbohydrates and proteins.
- Post your comments on the ANGEL Class Discussion Forum Page and attach a sample lesson plan.