MULTICULTURAL LESSON REVIEW 5
Multiculturalis a term that deals with ethnical or cultural uniqueness foundwithin a country or a certain setting that a person finds themselves.It covers different issues such as religion, race, ethnicity,disability, and sexual orientation. Multicultural issues have beenprevalent concerning the different cultures of the African American,Native American Jews, Irish, and other cultural groups (Melendez etal., 2007). There could be discrimination from a culture that feelssuperior to another. From the lesson plan, the students are to learnmore about their race and ethnicity in a classroom environment whileconsidering the diversity in the world. The lesson defines whatbeauty is without considering the skin color. However, it tries toidentify special characteristics in a person through the observationskills that they practice in the class activity and the assignmentthey do at home. Multicultural is a lesson that should be taught inschools, as this will help the students as they grow up to appreciatethemselves for who they are and not what people define them to bethrough the color of their skin or their ethnicity. This paper isextremely important to write since it is evident that Americanschools right from the elementary level constitute learners from allover the world. Such learners must be enlightened on the aspects ofrace and ethnicity and be advised that these aspects are a source ofself-identity and not a basis of social segregation anddiscrimination.
Whereasthe issues of race and ethnicity are trivial issues in thecontemporary world, it is inspiring to note that such lessons andactivities are incorporated into the curriculum. The idea of drawinga portrait of oneself is captivating and ingenious. The students willlearn a vast experience of intermingling with their counterparts fromother ethnic groups, as well as people of different colors. It isworthwhile to note that seeking ideas on the beauty of each student’sportrait is significant, as well as ensuring that only positivecomments or compliments are given.
Fromthe lesson plan, the multicultural issues discussed are race andethnicity. The students are to learn more about beauty throughdrawing their portraits, by observing and putting into considerationtheir facial shape, the various shades of skin, and other specialfeatures they observe. They are to use a mirror to assist themobserve themselves as they draw. This is a critical learningexperience as it ensures that the learners develop observationalskills, as well as artistic skills. In addition, they are to have aclass discussion, with the help of their teacher, and prepare a chartthat helps them to analyze their friend’s portraits. The discussionis imperative in ensuring that the students develop dialogue skills,as well as appreciating each other.
Implementationin my classroom
Thelesson plan can be implemented in my own classroom since the classconstitutes leaners from various ethnic backgrounds and have varyingskin colors. It is clearly evident from the lesson plan that it is aperfect idea, which should be implemented in all schools andinstitutions of learning to enhance unity and eliminate race andethnic segregation. The implementation of the lesson plan in myclassroom will have a few changes. My learners will have to learndifferent languages at their will to enhance integration. There wouldalso be sessions to experiment with different cultures from variouslearners. It would also be apparent to have learners point out theirstrengths to the rest of the learners. This would help indicate thatevery learner has a unique strength, which the others might not have.As a teacher, I will also ensure that I participate fully in helpingthe learners appreciate the uniqueness of each other. I will guidethe learners in drawing their portraits and seeking compliments fromthe rest of the learners.
Fromthe above discussion, it is evident that multicultural issues need tobe addressed from the lowest institutional level, which is theclassroom (Sparks et al., 2006). This will help learners as they growup to gain confidence in their skin color and race. These can onlyhappen through the teachers training the students in class toappreciate their identity from the classroom level. The differentclass activities and discussion will help in solving the issue ofracial and ethnic segregation (Sparks et al., 2006). The skin colorof every leaner should be viewed as a source of beauty, which isunique and special. Learners need to know the differences that existamongst them as a result of their ethnicity and skin color. Theteachers must be in the frontline in helping the leaners in variousactivities such as drawing their portraits. Finally, they will beable to overcome any form of oppression that might come their way dueto color or race differences.
Sparks,Louise, Patricia G. Ramsey, and Julie Olsen Edwards. (2006). Whatif all the kids are white? Anti-bias multicultural education withyoung children and families.New York: Teachers College Press.
Melendez,Wilma J., and Vesna Beck. (2007). Teachingyoung children in multicultural classrooms: issues, concepts, andstrategies.2nd ed. Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.