From the Back Cover
Take Action! Lesson Plans for a Multicultural Classroom is essential for all teachers striving to meet the needs of students in today’s diverse K–12 classrooms. Take Action! offers 27 practical step-by-step multicultural lesson plans organized around seven microcultures: culture and identity, race and ethnicity, abilities and disabilities, religion, socioeconomics and class, language, and gender and sexuality.
FEATURES FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR CLASSROOM
• Twenty-seven full lesson plans. Three complete lesson plans in each chapter provide novice and experienced teachers with step-by-step lesson plans.
• Take Action! DVD. Explore this unique DVD, packaged with the text, to observe video of teachers at various grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school) using nine of the text’s multicultural lesson plans.
Each chapter presents:
• A “Lesson Preparation for the Teacher” section providing activities every teacher should do prior to working on any of the lessons that follow.
This section includes:
• One Teacher’s Reflection. Stories written by teachers who reflect on specific incidents from their classroom help you see the connection between theory and practice.
• Teacher Action Project. These projects prompt teachers to visit other classrooms, other schools, or other communities and inspire a deeper, more global connection to chapter topics.
• Suggested Readings and Resources. These provide further reading materials, websites and references, extending the action projects by providing more tools for developing additional lessons and projects.
• Three lesson plans at three different grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school). Each lesson plan includes:
An accessible and predictable format.
• An outline of content areas addressed.
• Connections to national professional standards and benchmarks for K—12 education as outlined by the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.
• A recipe-style list of materials for all the activities in the lesson plan and action projects.
• Reflection questions that serve as prompts for in-class discussion or reflective journal entries.
• A resource page providing reproducible handouts.
About the Author
Langer de Ramirez is the author of "Take Action: Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom" and "Voices of Diversity: Stories, Activities and Resources for the Multicultural Classroom" (Pearson), as well as several Spanish-language books and texts ("Cuentame Folklore y Fabulas" and "Mi abuela ya no esta"). She has contributed to many textbooks and written numerous articles about second-language pedagogy and methodology. Her interactive Web site (www.miscositas.com) offers teachers over 40 virtual picturebooks, videos, wiki and blog links, and other curricular materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, and Thai.
In the past decade, Langer de Ramirez has presented over 50 workshops, staff development trainings, and addresses at local, regional, and national conferences and in schools throughout the United States (Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC) and abroad (Puerto Rico, Thailand, Venezuela).
She is the recipient of the Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture; several National Endowment for the Humanities grants for study in Mexico, Colombia, and Senegal; and a Fulbright Award to India and Nepal. Her areas of research and curriculum development are multicultural and diversity education, folktales in the language classroom, and technology in language teaching. She holds a master's degree in applied linguistics and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.