It would be nice if Asian Pacific Heritage Month were no longer needed. It would be nice if our history lessons made it clear that the United States has had Asian American presence and contributions for just about as long as we’ve been the United States. It would be nice if our lessons on heroes just naturally included Asian Americans, as well as all the other wonderful diversity of the United States, without our having to make any special effort.
Unfortunately, we haven’t yet reached that point.
Until we do, May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Here are some online resources for lessons on the subject:
- Hotchalk’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month lesson plan collection.
- The Library of Congress has a collection for teachers.
- Scholastic has a good collection, too.
- Edsitement has a very cool assortment of lesson plans and links.
- Education World offers literature and geography lesson plans.
- Wikipedia’s list of influential Asian Americans would be a great starting point for research and writing practice.
- Lessons on the Japanese internment camps can be eye–opening.
Enjoy these lesson plans on folktales from Asia:
- “The Blind Men and the Elephant”
- “The Five (or Seven) Chinese Brothers”
- “The Lambikin”
- “Xiangmiang: Trickster Tales of Laos”
- “The Beckoning Cat”
- “The Monkeys and the Dragonflies”
Think about Asian inventions:
Enjoy Asian and Pacific art: