Around the World: Storytime with Michelle Yeoh, Untold Stories through AAPI Women's Poetry, and More
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Asia Society at Home
Each week, we'll share a variety of videos, articles, webcasts, resources, and more from around the web — all curated by Asia Society Texas Center staff to reflect the broad interests and goals of our mission. In this digest, learn about resources and partner organizations to help supplement learning for students, families, educators, and adults.
STEM by Numbers
From Learning for Justice, this lesson plan has students look at the make-up of people in STEM careers compared to their participation in the workforce at large. Questions guide students to think about the ways people are disproportionately underrepresented by gender and race/ethnicity and why. This lesson is a multidisciplinary approach using math, reading, social studies, and science to engage with this material and these real issues.
While "STEM by the Numbers" is made for third, fourth, and fifth grade students, much of the material can be used for a general middle school audience. This is critical age- and gender-wise, as studies have shown that girls' interest in STEM drops off at the end of middle school. Teachers of older students can share handouts like PBS NewsHour Extra's "These Are the 7 Things Keeping Women Out of Science Careers" flyer.
Storytime with Michelle Yeoh
This lesson plan is built around a video of beloved actress Michelle Yeoh as she reads "Lotus & Feather" by Ji-li Jiange and illustrated by Julie Downing. This offers a fun instance of celebrities encouraging literacy for children online, which we have seen more of since COVID. This has the added bonus of a follow-up lesson plan built in specifically for elementary school students.
This is part of ShareMyLesson.com's continued additions to their "Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage" page.
Untold Stories through Poetry
This curriculum offers 10 lessons addressing Asian American and Pacific Islander women's lived experiences through poetry. While two of the plans center around building and peer-revising an essay, the others are angled to help students understand nuances of immigration.
From the start, the plan employs a vocabulary reflection and asks students to reflect on their first thoughts and how these concepts are reflected. The material engages the high school age group with questions such as "Who is the immigrant: Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez?" and encourages thought-provoking conversations about history, language, and civics.
Queen of Hawai'i | Unladylike 2020
Perfect for middle and high school students, this assignment features an activity, video, handout, vocabulary, and discussion questions about Queen Lili'uokalani, the last sovereign monarch of the Hawai'ian Kingdom. As Women's History Month comes to a close, this is a great time to discuss one of the most prominent women in American history. PBS has several videos highlighting Queen Lili'uokalani as well as another lesson plan for older students, "American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i," which can extend into several class periods. Older students may be familiar with viral TikToks from Native Hawai'ians reteaching culture and history, building upon interest in these lessons.
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