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BSI: Biographical Scene Investigators

Multicultural Awareness and Appreciation Adaptation

 

The BSI: Biographical Scene Investigators original lesson plan was retrieved from the Ohio Department of Education website: http://ims.ode.state.oh.us/ODE/IMS/Lessons/Content/BSI_Biographical_Scene_Investigators.doc

 

Benchmark  Grades Subject Area
A 5th-7th Language Arts: Reading Application: Informational, Technical, and Persuasive Text
E 5th-7th Language Arts: Reading Application: Informational, Technical, and Persuasive Text
B 5th-7th Language Arts: Research Standard
C 5th-7th Language Arts: Research Standard
D 5th-7th Language Arts: Research Standard
D 5th-7th Language Arts: Communication: Oral and Visual Standard
A 6th-8th Social Studies: History

 

Bringing multicultural awareness and appreciation to this lesson is quite easy by focusing on suspects from a variety of cultures, both genders, as well as a spectrum of abilities, disabilities and social classes.   Attachment D, the list of possible suspects, for the original lesson plan provides a diverse list of individuals.  The following websites provide further information to provide students with possible suspects:

 

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womensfirsts1.html (Notable American women)

http://www.greatwomen.org/women.php (Notable American women)

http://www.factmonster.com/spot/afroambios.html (Notable African Americans)

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/aframer/bios/ (Notable African Americans)

http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/asiabio.htm#A (Notable Asian Americans)

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/asian-american/notables.htm (Notable Asian Americans)

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/TM/Famous_Asian_Americans.pdf (Notable Asian Americans)

http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/c/s/csr4/PSU3/Jewish-Americans/Jewish.html (Notable Jewish Americans)

http://www.amuseum.org/jahf/nomination/nomination2.html (Notable Jewish Americans)

http://www.mce.k12tn.net/indians/famous/famous_native_americans.htm (Notable Native Americans)

http://www.ewebtribe.com/NACulture/famous.htm (Notable Native Americans)