Since 1978, May has been a time to honor the heritage of Asian and Pacific Americans and their contributions to the United States. Originally a week-long event, the celebration now lasts through the entire month.
Share texts written by Asian and Pacific Americans with students, whether you look to picture books for young adult novels. For starters, you can listen to the ReadWriteThink Text Messages podcast episode Teen Identity and Tough Situations, which discusses the graphic novel American Born Chinese and other books that explore characters who struggle to know when to stay true to themselves.
For classroom materials on other timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on Get Caught Reading Month, Children’s Book Week, and more!
- New Podcast: Latino Literature for Teens, Episode 61 of Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers.
- Join Heather Chirtea from Digital Wish on May 8, as she presents Building eBooks with eBuilder.
- Want to Contribute to ReadWriteThink.org? We’re always on the lookout for classroom-tested, evidence-based lesson plans, printouts, and strategy guides.
- ReadWriteThink lesson plans and resources are now aligned to the Common Core State Standards
From the Calendar
- May 1: May is Get Caught Reading Month! Students celebrate Get Caught Reading Month by doing a reading-related service project such as planning an intergenerational reading day or organizing a book drive. (For grades K–12)
- May 1: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in May! Students consider the portrayal of Asians in popular culture by exploring images from classic and contemporary films and comparing them to historical and cultural reference materials. (For grades 9–12)
- May 3: National Public Radio began broadcasting in 1971. Students make predictions about the content of some of NPR’s programs, then listen to the programs and report on the contents and discuss with the class. (For grades 7–12)
- May 5: Today is Cinco de Mayo. Students choose to research a piece of art, music, dance, literature, or food that suitably represents Mexico and create a presentation for the class. (For grades 7–12)
- May 5: Today is Leo Lionni’s birthday. As a child growing up in Holland, Leo Lionni taught himself how to draw and later became an author and illustrator of children’s books. Leo Lionni is the winner of four Caldecott awards. (For grades K–5)
- May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week honors our teachers.In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, students read a book about a teacher and follow up with an activity related to the book using the Venn Diagram, Letter Generator, Story Map, or Essay Map. (For grades 3–12)
- May 8: Celebrate blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday. Students learn about blues music and brainstorm subjects that might give them “the blues.” Finally, they write their own blues lyrics and have the option to perform. (For grades 5–12)
- May 10: Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis was born in 1953.Students brainstorm a list of civil rights-related issues and use the Acrostic Poems interactive to create poems. (For grades 3–12)
- May 11: Pedro Albizu Campos leads the Puerto Rican Independence movement. After learning about the story of Pedro Albizu Campos and his commitment to Puerto Rican independence, students research and share their learning about another nationalist figure from around the world. (For grades 6–12)
- May 13: Celebrate National Children's Book Week! Children show support for their favorite Children's Choice Book award finalist by designing a promotional book cover. (For grades K–6)
- May 14: Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944. Students use the Hero’s Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula. (For grades 7–12)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on the first Academy Awards ceremony, Raymond Carver, Malcolm X, and Charles Lindbergh.
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