Culturally Responsive Teaching with NPR

The following is a tip for educators seeking more equitable course design. The material is available for use under Creative Commons License ShareAlike (CC BY-SA 4.0). Please note that, when using NPR content, you must link directly to their website in order to respect their copyright.

We know that course material is best absorbed when it can be connected to real-life issues. In other words, students retain our course content when they can understand why it matters to their personal life and/or how it might apply to future career options.

NPR is a wonderful resource to find culturally relevant, brief, and enticing material that can augment courses in higher education.

To find relevant material for your course, follow these steps:

  1. Visit

Below is the text for a sample NPR assignment; feel free to adopt this language in your own courses.

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NPR Assignment

Listen to this 3-minute NPR story to better understand how anthropologists and archeologists can bring previously marginalized stories to light.

Your Response

Please thoughtfully answer the following questions:

  1. What does this story tell us about native anthropology (the practice of studying ourselves)? How might you be able to study your own local community in an equally powerful way?


❗️Please remember: it is your responsibility to demonstrate a sincere knowledge of the content. Please reply with complete and thoughtful answers that prove — beyond any doubt — that you took the time to complete this important reading.

Academic Integrity

  • The ideas in your response must be your own. Do not take ideas verbatim from any “study” or plagiarism websites.

Length and Content

  • For this assignment, quality is much more important than quantity. You only need to write 1–3 sentences for each question. But, please seriously reflect on the work before drafting your response.

📹 Video Option: Consider filming your response!


This is reading can earn 20 points. Review the rubric by scrolling to the bottom of this page and viewing the attached rubric.

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Cultural Anthropologist in Los Angeles