Using Multicultural Literature in Your Classroom
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JSTOR: The Reading Teacher, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Sep., 1990), pp. 28-40

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This article provides a five-step sequence of study for multicultural literature in your classroom. Although the article focsuses on Native American literature, you can adapt these steps to use for studying all types of multicultural literature.

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Multicultural Books Offer Diverse Reading Experience

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Loriene Roy, President of the American Library Association, suggests the best books for children of color.
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Loriene Roy, President of the American Library Association, talks about the importance of diverse reading experiences for students. Ethnically diverse students benefit not only from reading books about their culture but cultures that are different from theirs, just as majority children benefit from reading multicultural literature. Thus far, I have emphasized diversity of race and/or ethnicity, but diversity means so much more than that. Books that portray main characters with different ability levels, mental illness, sexual orientation, etc. are equally important to be reading in your classroom. Any marginalized group should be represented in the literature available to your students. Two that come to mind for me are: "Petey" by Ben Mikaelsen, which is a children's novel about a boy that has cerebral palsy and "Dancing on the Edge" by Han Nolan, a story of a girl who suffers from depression as an adolescent and tries to commit suicide. Both of these are texts that help students understand and develop empathy for people different from them and are great discussion starters.

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How To Choose The Best Multicultural Books | Scholastic.com

How To Choose The Best Multicultural Books | Scholastic.com | Using Multicultural Literature in Your Classroom | Scoop.it
Get 50 great book recommendations, plus advice from top educators, writers, and illustrators on selecting multicultural literature.
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The reason I believe this article is important is that it not only gives recommendations about which multicultural texts to use, but also gives advice about how to analyze those books to make sure they are school appropriate and helpful for students. For instance, when looking for literature from Native American cultures, avoid using books that make all Native Americans look noble and all white people look bad. This will not only keep racial tension from dissipating, but may make your white students feel "white guilt" which will make them disengage from discussion. Also, emphasizing the diversity of African-American experiences within the US and abroad is important because there is no simgular black experience in the US. This article also mentions Jewish literature, which I think is great, but when finding literature make sure your students come away with more than one idea or story about a culture or people. These are just a few of the topics covered in this comprehensive article that is full of great resources.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.
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I thought I would go ahead and post this TED Talk as it relates to another article that I "scooped" earlier. Enjoy!

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Making Meaningful Connections: The Role of MC Lit

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This article gives educators an example of how difficult MC Lit is to use in the classroom. The teacher in this story was unable to foster deeper conversation about the MC lit they were reading because she was unable to give voice to her students during discussion. Teaching English is about getting students to talk meaningfully about literaure, in this case MC lit. DeBlase says "This suggests the need to develop
specific strategies around the teaching of multicultural literature that move students toward connections in their own lives. Such strategies
involve allowing students to take charge of their own learning and leaving space for them to ask the questions and entertain the possible responses about the literature they are studying. In this way, students "own" the understandings they make about texts in a way they do not when discussion focuses on the teacher's questions designed to elicit specific and factual information." It is not enough to have students read MC lit, it is important for them to use it to make meaningful connections. Teachers can do this by giving their class autonomy and ownership of content in every way possible.

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Diversity in YA

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Diversity in YA was founded in 2011 by YA authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo as a website and book tour. While the tour is over, we've revived the website as a tumblr! We celebrate young adult books...

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This is a tumblr website that celebrates Young Adult literature that represents diversity of race, class, gender, and ability. It is a great resource for English teachers who need a place to start looking for diverse YA lit to suggest to their students or use in their classes. The authors have an extensive book list and suggestions for novels that deal with different identities and concerns. While this website does a great job collecting title of books, they do not do much in the way of helping teachers decide what has literary value or how to use these books in the classroom. Despite this, it is a great place to start looking at books that represent your students and that may be helpful to include in your curriculum.

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Jennifer Smith's curator insight, June 25, 2013 4:16 PM

Great perspectives on all areas of diversity, not just race.

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Why Teach Multicultural Literature? | Bhakti Shringarpure

Why Teach Multicultural Literature? | Bhakti Shringarpure | Using Multicultural Literature in Your Classroom | Scoop.it
Why teach U.S. students literature from different countries? This is the fundamental question at the heart of this encounter. I remain deeply disheartened by what I often experience in the classroom -- the defensive rage when ...
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This is an absolutely inspiring article addressing topics of MC Lit, racism, social class, immigration and colonialism. The perspectives expressed represent two sides of an argument. There is fear that teaching MC Lit means we are teaching "anti-American" values and shaming "dominant culture". However, there is also the danger of a single story being the only story told in a culture. This TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is what sparked this protest and response in the classroom. http://tinyurl.com/ycq3msk You can read the student's letter to his teacher and her response in the article. It is important for educators to be able to defend their choices of literature in the community because you will be sure to hear protest.

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Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions - ReadWriteThink

Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions - ReadWriteThink | Using Multicultural Literature in Your Classroom | Scoop.it
Students investigate the meanings and origins of their names in order to establish their own personal histories and to explore the cultural significance of naming traditions.
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This is a great unit to use for students to do some reflection and reserach on their cultural backgrounds. This unit would be a good opportunity to use multicultural literature in your classroom.

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Multicultural Literature - home

Multicultural Literature - home | Using Multicultural Literature in Your Classroom | Scoop.it
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This wiki provides a list of multicultural texts that reflect and/or represent Native American, Chicano, Asian American, African, and modern Middle Eastern cultures.

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The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature

The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School, a professional development workshop series, produced by Thirteen/WNET New York in collaboration with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), includes video...
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Annenberg Learner is an organization that provides great teacher resources and professional development acroos the curriculum. I found this wonderful and comprehensive workshop on teaching Multicultural Lit in High School classrooms that includes eight one-hour videos, interactive forums as wells as additional materials and resources. Although, the program may take a few days or weeks to fully complete, but the investment is worth the time because it goes into depth about reader response, inquiry, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy. The videos feature real teachers from across the US who are using these innovative pedagogical strategies in their classrooms. The workshop also includes critical reflection and discussion questions as well as activities for participants. Overall, I think this is a great tool for teachers who are wanting to learn how exactly to teach multicultural literature in their classroom.
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Crossing Borders: MC Lit in the Classroom

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Teachers must help students examine and identify their own cultural backgrounds. This can be especially difficult for those students who identity with mainstream culture.MC Lit provides opportunities for reflection that allow students to think about where they come from and how this affects them.

It is important to give students enough background so that they are able to see the text without bias but leave them room to connect to the text as well. Background information also helps students bridge the gap between what is familar and what is unfamiliar.
Have students read and analyze MC Lit that reflects their own culture first, and then move them towards objectively reading and analyzing MC Lit from other identity groups. Reading circles is a great way to do this.
Before teaching MC Lit, it is essential that teachers reflect on their own culture and biases in order to remain sensitive to the subjects of discussion in class. This also allows teachers to anticipate problems in student understanding.
The author also strongly suggests teachers form professional development communities where MC Lit is read and discussed on an adult level. This helps shape a teacher's philosophy of MC Ed through collaboration and cross-cultural dialogue.

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Why Hasn't the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?

Since LEE & LOW BOOKS was founded in 1991 we have monitored the number of multicultural children’s books published each year through the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s statistics. Our hop...

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Lee & Low Books was founded more than twenty years ago and has been dedicated to publishing multicultural children's books ever since. Despite their efforts, the number of multicultural children's books that are purblished every year has not increased, even though the number of multicultural students in the US has. This article explores some of the reasons for this lack of diversity of authors and subjects in children's literature including loss of funding to libraries and schools and fear that multicultural literature won't sell even though the demand is there. Authors, teachers, librarians and academics give the reader a snap shot of perspectives that reveal that this issue has no easy solution. Through all their statements one sentiment continues to surface: There needs to be more unity among identity groups in order to make real change happen and move MC Lit from a niche market into the mainstream.

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Jennifer Smith's curator insight, June 21, 2013 3:18 PM

Some interesting points -

Krishnaswami - Nostalgia is a problem.

Claudia Pearson's first comment - universality of story

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Introduction to Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Education experts Jackie Jordan Irvine, Geneva Gay and Kris Gutierrez explain how to make culturally relevant pedagogy a reality in your classroom.

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The reasons to include multicultural (MC) literature  in your classroom are numerous. Culturally Relevant Pedagogy is all about "building bridges" between cultures and putting the curriculum in the context of student's cultures. MC Lit allows teachers to do this at every level of development. This allows teachers to help students see themselves reflected in the literature being read in the classroom. Using MC Lit makes school relevant to their lives and helps motivate them to succeed.

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camille jurado's curator insight, December 11, 2012 2:17 PM

very user friendly introduction to CRRE, for those who need to further their knowledge on the topic! :)