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Multicultural Education Resources: Getting Started

A webography of free resources to assist in the development of multicultural unit and lesson plans by middle and secondary pre-service educators.

Award Winning Booklists

Multicultural Books of Note

Multimedia Resources

Take an Electronic Field Trip!

Free Multicultural Exhibits rotate through Ball State University's EFT website, just like a regular museum.  Each exhibit includes  an hour-long broadcast, mini webisodes, as well as introductory matter and classroom activities via a separate webpage. Materials are made available through partnerships with organizations like the National Park Service and are of professional quality.


What is Multicultural Education?

Expand your understanding of Multicultural Education by visiting these free web pages and/or sites:

  • Multicultural Education in Your Classroom
    • An excellent article that defines Multicultural Education, expresses its goals, describes the advantages and disadvantages, and offers suggestions on what a teacher can do in their classroom to support Multicultural Education.
  • The Glossary of Education Reform
    • A free reference resource, this glossary offers a more in-depth look into what Multicultural Education is, how it might show in schools, it's historical significance, and current arguments both for and against Multicultural Education.

Spotlight on Multicultural Content Area Lessons

Can't do multicultural lessons in math? Wrong!

Explore the influences of culture on mathematics with Multicultural Math.  This series of Pre-Algebra activities, from San Joaquin Delta College, includes background information, equation explanation, as well as reference materials.

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Resources for Lesson Plans and Activities

Planning Help


This website offers an entire section devoted to the exploration of Multicultural Education considerations in teacher preparation.  It offers resources for planning a multicultural lesson or unit.  Check these out:

Multicultural Planning Questions - Eight questions to think about when writing a multicultural lesson or unit.

Multicultural Calendar - A list of three holidays a month, that originated in another culture or was inspired by a famous person of color.

Multicultural Lesson Plans & Activities

Yale-New Haven Teacher Institute 

A collection of detailed lessons created by teachers in the Yale-New Haven area.  Source includes lessons on a variety of subjects in multiple grade levels, an index, and a reference list of materials from 1980-2004 that are directly linked to Diversity standards in core subject areas.

Multicultural Education and the Internet

This free electronic book offers multiple Multicultural Activities, including background information, quizzes, and suggestions for discussion.  Activities are intended for high school or college students.

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