Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
To help teach students to celebrate and recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States, Britannica’s Curriculum Expert Team has put together a few activities and resources for you and your students. Included are the Achievements and History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. It is important for students to explore the history and cultural richness of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to understand how the accomplishments of these groups have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success:
Biographies and Achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Explore the biographies and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Explore these articles in Britannica School that provide students with information about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as background information on each continent.
Dig Deeper (Activity 1)
Explore 1-2 countries or territories from each continent (Asia and Oceania) that interest you. Then answer the following questions:
- Why did you choose this country? Have you visited this country before? Would you like to visit? Or do you know someone from that country?
- List all the things that this country is known for. Perhaps their natural resources, trade with other countries, or current/historical figures.
- Was there anything that surprised you or anything new that you discovered?
- Has researching these countries changed your perspective of the country, culture and/or people? If so, explain how.
- Write a short summary of your discoveries and present them to your peers or your class.
Dig Deeper (Activity 2)
Challenge students to think critically, participate in engaged citizenship, and explore how they can become active agents of change.
After reading these articles respond to the following questions:
- Do you know of any local organizations in your community that strive to promote justice and advocate for civil and human rights? If so, what are they and how can you share these with others and/or get involved? If not, do some digging to explore organizations in your local community.
- What are 1-2 actions that you can take to become actively involved in advancing justice?