Keywords: Curriculum Materials, Social Studies, K-12

Submitted by: Catherine Trayers
Smith College/ Clarke School for the Deaf

As a graduate student in secondary education/social studies at Duquesne University, I was required to create a presentation for a course I had taken that focused on Multicultural education. A requirement for the class was to create a multicultural calendar. I knew about particular dates of events that occurred in history that could be found in any social studies text book. I was looking for something more, something that represented most of the nationalities found in the United States. Through much research and many internet searches, I came across a book titled, THE PEOPLES MULTICULTURAL ALMANAC: America from the 1400s to Present. It is published by the Peoples Publishing Goup, Inc. It isn't found in your local bookstore. I had to call the publishing company to purchase the book.

This book includes five things that occurred on each day of the year. The events that occurred cover these five particular cultural groups: African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American, and European American. The months September through May give great detail of the particular events. For the months June, July and August, a calender format on two pages are given with one or two events that occurred in history on those days.

This is a great book to use to incorporate multiculturalism into the classroom. I have used this book as a class starter. As the students came into class, I have written on the board particular events that occurred in history. The students came in and we discuss the events for five to ten minutes, then begin our main class lesson.

If you are interested in more information about this book please contact the publishing company. All information is provided below for you convenience:

The People Multiculural Almanac
America from the 1400s to Present
365 Days of Contributions by:
African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and European Americans

The Peoples Publishing Group, Inc. Maywood, NJ 07607

Uploaded By: Jodi Gray/KSU/Deaf Education Major