Lesson Plans

KAMP Classroom Lesson Plans, or LPs, are the heart of our educational program.

Our LPs generally follow a three-part flow:

Intro and Ice Shaver

Kuyas and Ates introduce themselves and/or relate the month’s lesson plan to the previous month’s. An “Ice Shaver” usually follows the intro and is meant to build a sense of teamwork and interest in the lesson plan topic. An “Ice Shaver” tends to run about 10 to 15 minutes and usually involves movement and activity.


The body of the lesson plan is when the bulk of knowledge is built and shared. This may last about 20 to 25 minutes. This usually involves the Ates and Kuyas breaking the students up into barangays (or small groups) to process information and then coming together as a large group to share.


In the conclusion, Ates and Kuyas attempt to close up the day’s discussion, perhaps processing any activities that occurred in the body of the lesson plan. All lesson plans end with Isang Bagsak! (or a unity clap)

KAMP acknowledges the deep influence of  San Francisco State University’s Pin@y Educational Partnerships on its pedagogy and approaches. What makes KAMP unique, however, is its partnerships with local Filipino language teachers who invite us into their classrooms once a month to present these lesson plans to supplement language learning. Again, KAMP’s primary teaching methods are activities-based and dialogic. Mentors research topics of interests to students and design lesson plans according to the three-part model above.

See below for a list of previous lesson plan topics.

2009-2010 LPs

LP 1: What is a Filipino? What is a Filipino-American?

  • Discussed the stereotypes of Filipinos/Filipino-Americans and Americans.

LP 2: Legends/Creation Myths

  • Explored oral tradition and how stories are passed along; shared several pre-colonial legends.

LP 3: Ang Mga Bayani (The Heroes)

  • Had students identify famous Filipino heroes. Students created their own comic book heroes and villains. Talked about heroes/sheroes in each other’s lives.

LP 4: Food!

  • Played Filipino Food Jeopardy game! Discussed how food varies from region to region in the Philippines.

LP 5: Filipino American War

  • Showed students old black and white re-enactments of the Filipino American War. Had students analyze the images and the representations of war.

LP 6: Revolution

  • Showed clips of Filipino activisim. Made a freedom scale and had students fill it in. We did a privilege walk to show students how many factors can affect the level of freedom we experience in soceity. To end, we talked about issues we are passionate about and made posters for them.

LP 7: Generation Gap

  • Showed clips of Silent Sacrifices and a sala talk about students’ own challenges in relating to their parents.

2010-2011 LPs

LP 1: What is an Ate/ Kuya/ Ading?

  • We introduced the Ates and Kuyas by playing the guessing game. Students had to guess about our lives – how old we were, where we worked, etc. We had the students make a mural of what they think of when they hear Ate/ Kuya/ Ading and had them share it with the class.

LP 2: Going to college and beyond

  • Discussed future goals with students, had them practice time management. We also asked them to write a short letter to themselves about where they see themselves in 5 years.

LP 3: Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, Indigeneity

  • Students first went to a map and placed stickies on the areas of where they and their parents where born. They then made passports to see what they identified as and watched clips of the film Bontoc Eulogy.

LP 4: Traditions

  • Students talked about different traditions they have within their family and why they are important. They got into groups and acted out traditions.

LP 5: Creation Myth

  • Students created their own ideal worlds after listening to creation stories.

LP 6: Bayani Revised

  • Students acted out characters and bayani. They also make up their own skit about a situation including a bayani, villain, and victim. To end the LP they were shown pictures of famous Filipino heroes and had to guess their identities before the other team.

2011-2012 LPs

LP 1: Ilustrados and the Sedition Plays

  • Gave students background to the Filipino revolution against Spanish colonialism; discussed the role theater played inspiring rebellion; had students act out scenes of famous sedition plays.

LP 2: Filipino American War

  • Used images from the Forbidden Book to discuss how rebellion against the Spanish transitioned into Filipino American War. Had students analyze U.S. representation of Filipinos during the war.

LP 3: Farmworkers Movement

  • Designed activity to demonstrate to students the meaning, worth and cost of labor. Discussed with students the Delano grape strike and the Mexican-Filipino coalitions that lead to the Farmworkers Movement.

LP 4: Fall of the I-Hotel

  • Discussed low-income housing the repercussions of gentrification. Used the documentary The Fall of the I-Hotel to demonstrate the importance of direct action.

LP 5: The Women of People Power

  • Explored the role of women in People Power I from Imelda Marcos to the rebellious nuns who stopped military tanks from firing on protesters.

LP 6: The Four Waves

  • Created timeline for students to see when in Filipino American history their families arrived in the U.S.

2012-2013 LPs

LP 1: From the Philippines with Love: An introduction to Philippine History

  • Emphasized Filipino American History month and introduced students to the major events and figures of our history through a version of KAMP Jeopardy!

LP 2: Gender Roles

  • Addressed gender roles and expectations in association with the Queer Pin@y Conference scheduled for Nov 2-3, 2012 at UCSD.

LP 3: Generation Gaps and Family

  • Discussed the student’s experiences with Generation Gaps and misunderstandings between their parents and themselves, using the films Silent Sacrifices and The Debut as visual examples.

LP 4: Origins

  • Read the original versions of folktales and their Christianized version.

LP 5: Mahal, Ate/Kuya

  • Discussed self-love and love within the Filipino community.

LP 6: Class/Consumerism

  • Taught students about labor and exchange-value.

LP 7: Labor Movements in commemoration of May 1st

  • Discussed social movement’s in Filipino/FilAm History, focusing specifically on the Farm Workers Movement and the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).

2013-2014 LPs

LP 1: Take a stand!

  • Gauged students pre-existing knowledge about Filipino American history, culture, and identity as well as their attitudes concerning social justice

LP 2: Farmworkers Movement

  • Informed students about AB 123 and the Filipino contribution to the CA Farmworkers Movement

LP 3: Philippine Natural Resources

  • Discussed the variety of natural resources in the Philippines and why if there are so many is the Philippines perceived as a poor country

LP 4: KAMP Review

  • Reviewed the previous year’s lesson plans and themes

LP 5: The Four Waves

  • Shared the Four Waves of Filipino immigration, showed students clips from Jose Antonio Vargas’s Documented, and had students act out their families’ own immigration stories.

LP 6: Gender Roles

  • Using the Pantene Philippines commercial, discussed the differing expectations for girls and boys

LP 7: The Fall of the I-Hotel

  • Discussed low-income housing the repercussions of gentrification. Used the documentary The Fall of the I-Hotel to demonstrate the importance of direct action.

LP 8: The Revolutionary History of the Philippine Flag

  • Explored the evolution and symbolism of the Philippine flag

2014-2015 LPs

LP 1: Dialogue vs Discussion

  • Introduced students to KAMP’s primary teaching method: dialogue

LP 2: Where is home?

  • Explored with students how we form conceptions of home, belonging, and self-identity.

LP 3: The Fall of the I-Hotel

  • Discussed the documentary Fail of the I-Hotel in relation to “One Book One San Diego” selection of Lysley Tenorio’s collection of short stories, Monstress, which features characters from the I-Hotel.

LP 4: Land & “Natural” Disasters

  • Remembered the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan and explored how “natural” disasters stem from man-made destruction of land.

LP 5: Critical Love

  • Dialogued about the interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects of love as well as how one practices self-love.

LP 6: Buffalo Soldiers

  • Screened a short animated documentary in honor of Black History Month about African American soldiers fighting in the islands during the Philippine American War.

LP 7: Power

  • Explained the “three I’s” of power – the institutional, interpersonal, and internalized ways in which we discipline ourselves – and how we can be empowered instead.

LP 8: Migration & Labor – Sakadas

  • Focused on the history of the “sakadas,” the Filipinos who immigrated to Hawaii at the turn of the century to work on sugar plantations and connected their experiences to current overseas Filipino laborers.