Our Multicultural World

  • “David Talamantez on the Last Day of Second Grade” by Rosemary Catacalos
  • “A Whole Nation and a People” by Harry Mark Petrakis
  • Excerpt from Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • “Indian Education” by Sherman Alexie
  • “Chitterling” by Henry Van Dyke
  • “Not Know, in Astlan” by Tino Villanueva
  • “Fox Hunt” by Lensey Namioka
  • “This Morning” by Lucille Clifton
  • “Tiffany” as told to Rebecca Carroll



Seedfolks – a Novella by Paul Fleschman

“A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden. Especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise:

  • To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha’s heart with a harvest of tomatoes;
  • to Virgil’s dad, who seems a fortune to be made from growing lettuce;
  • to Mariclea, sixteen and pregnant, wishing she were dead,
  • to an old man seeking renewal,
  • to a young girl connecting to a father she never knew.

Thirteen voices tell one story.  Old, young, Jamaican, Korean, Hispanic, tough, haunted, hopeful.  Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman weaves characters as diverse as the plants they grow into a rich, multi-layered exploration of how a community is born and nurtured in an urban environment.” []

Interview of Author Paul Fleschman

Immigration to America


Ethnic Neighborhoods

Living in America: Ethnicity

Stereotyping in Commercials


Race and Ethnicity

Celebrating Our Differences


Learning About Other Lands: Glogster Poster Assignment