One text I use to teach about diversity is Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley. In this story, a young girl visits all her neighbors’ home, and sees that everyone is making rice for dinner, only they’re doing so in their own unique ways. The story drives home the fact that we all come from different walks of life, but that it’s those differences that make us unique. I would read the story first, then present the Stephen Covey conversation about diversity and ask students to discuss the many differences they noticed in the story. I would use the essential question, “How does diversity make us stronger?” in this lesson.
Level: Elementary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: American Literature
Author: Tiffany Heitman