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Teaching About Diversity [Using 4 News-O-Matic Articles]

There are nearly 8 billion people on the planet — and no two are exactly alike. Learning how to appreciate diversity makes the world a more welcoming and compassionate place. For educators looking for resources to teach about diversity, these four nonfiction articles for students are the perfect starting point.

1. How to Respect Diversity

Diversity can take many forms — races, genders, ages, and abilities are just a few. This article from our SEL series shares with students how to accept and celebrate diversity, with advice that ranges from listening to others’ stories to developing an empathetic mindset.

2. New Chapter for Diverse Books

Over the past few years, more children’s books have been showing people of color — but there’s still a long way to go. In this article, News-O-Matic explores why it’s important to read diverse books and support diverse writers — and how kids can make a difference.

3. The Changing Face of America

More than 300 million people live in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population has been getting older and becoming more diverse. The article “The Changing Face of America” provides a broad overview of U.S. demographics while introducing students to some of the demographic trends that are shaping the country’s future.

4. How to Understand Culture

Learning more about others’ cultures is an essential part of celebrating diversity. As part of our SEL series, News-O-Matic interviewed two people who help kids understand culture. One is child psychologist Dr. Phyllis Ohr. The other is Akeelah Kuraishi, CEO of the subscription box service Little Global Citizens. Together, they share tips on how students can learn to appreciate others’ cultures and become strong global citizens.

Have you used any of these stories with your students? Let us know below!

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