Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Explore the diverse cultures that originate from and thrive in the Pacific Rim and East Asia. The activities, resources, books, and lesson plans below support the study of vibrant ancient cultures, flourishing modern Asian Pacific societies, and how Asian Pacific influence travels oceans to infuse and define American culture today.
Asian Pacific American Experiences
A comprehensive online activity that explores the history and culture of Asian Americans, including true immigration stories.
Find fiction and nonfiction books about the cultures and experiences of Asian Pacific Americans, as well as titles written by Asian Pacific American authors, for grades PreK to 12.
Lisa Yee talks about the importance of including multicultural characters in her books in this chapter of her interview with Scholastic.
Use these questions to engage your students in a discussion of Wendy Wan-Long Shang's The Great Wall of Lucy Wu.
Share these activities and after-reading questions with your class as you read Angel Child, Dragon Child.
Norman Mineta was ten years old when he left his home in San Jose, Calif., and relocated to Heart Mountain, Wyo., as part of the wartime imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Follow Mineta's story and learn more about the war with this online activity.
The letters which are at the core of the book Dear Miss Breed provide readers with an eyewitness account of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.
Asian Pacific Americans and Immigration
Students get a unique firsthand account of what it was like for a young girl to move from a small village in China to the United States in the 1930s.
Meet Taylor, a fourth grader who moved to the United States from South Korea! Read Taylor’s story, and those of other young immigrants, in this online student activity from the Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today unit.
The Chinese Exclusion Acts of 1882, 1892, and 1902 severely limited or completely suspended Chinese immigration to the United States. Learn more about the acts and their ultimate repeal in this article from Scholastic GO!.
Asian Pacific Culture and History
Learn about Confucianism, the philosophical system founded on the teaching of Confucius, which dominated the sociopolitical life of China for most of that country's history and largely influenced the cultures of Korea, Japan, and Indochina.
Learn about Daoism (sometimes called Taoism), a movement that developed alongside Confucianism into both a philosophy and a religion, becoming one of the major belief systems in traditional China.
Students learn about China through literature before comparing and contrasting their lifestyle to that of Chinese children.
Encourages students to learn about ancient Japanese Samurai through reading, repsonding to, and writing haiku.
Use this discussion guide for Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, Korea, A.D. 595 to help your students engage with the text and delve deeper into the world of Princess Sondok.
Encourage your students to explore more about 1858 Japan with these activities and discussion questions for Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven.
Use this discussion guide after reading Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531 by Laurence Yep.