Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic AAPI Heritage Month, and supports the standard of identifying and describing appreciation for the influences of various historical and contemporary cultures. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Ask students:

  • Why is it important to celebrate contributions of different cultures?


  • Read the description on the AAPI Heritage Month topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the following articles: “Real Life” or “In Depth”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign AAPI Heritage Month Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about AAPI Heritage Month while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs and/or interests.

  • Make-a-Movie: Make a mini biopic about the Filipino-American activist Larry Itliong and his pivotal role in the labor movement.
  • Make-a-Map: Identify important figures named in the movie, or from your own research, and explain their contributions. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit featuring artifacts to represent achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

More to Explore 

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander contributions and identities with these topics: Interview with Dr. Zhang, Yo-Yo Ma, and Maya Lin.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments