• Analyze the relationships between family, culture, beauty, and wealth.
  • Understand the value of cultural wealth.
  • Understand the history of the Hmong people and how it impacts us today.


This lesson plan is based on the book, The Most Beautiful Thing, which portrays the culture and history of the Hmong people. Weaving together a young girl named Kalia’s story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family’s early years in the United States.


  1. How can one’s familial heritage influence oneself as they grow up?
  2. How is literature used to reflect key themes surrounding family, culture, beauty, and wealth?
  3. Why is it important to understand the history of the Hmong people, and how can we see the impact of their stories today?


  • About the Book, Author, and Illustrator (K-5)
  • Vocabulary (K-5)
  • Themes (K-5)
  • Theme Chart (K-3)
  • Reading Guide (K-5, contains a variety of adaptable questions)
  • Drawing Activity (K-3)
  • History of the Hmong (K-5) & Historical Connections Worksheet (3-5)
  • “Yer and the Tiger” (K-5)
  • Listen & Discuss Activities (Listen: K-3, Discuss: K-5)
  • Compare & Contrast with The Most Beautiful Thing (K-5)

Lesson plan created in partnership with Diversify Our Narrative