Multicultural Literature in the Classroom (Selecting Multicultural Books ,…
Multicultural Literature in the Classroom
Classrooms are becoming extremely diverse
American Literature representatives of other groups
Topics of Multicultural Books:
Different Family Types
Importance of Multicultural
Good Literature reflects many aspects of culture- it's values, beliefs, ways of life, and patterns of thinking
Representation matters. It can help children see that in any argument, there are always two sides to consider- it helps with problem solving.
Exposing children to other ethnicities, cultures will help them understand them in a positive way, a positive outlook on life.
Selecting Multicultural Books
It has to have a positive portrayal of characters
It must include authentic and realistic behaviors
Cannot have stereotypes
Pluralistic themes to foster beliefe in cultural diversity
Must have a high literary quality
Historical accuracy when appropriate
Reflection of the cultural values of the characters
Multicultural Lit has special effects for both students and teachers.
Minority students feel recognized and understood when their culture is acknowledged.
Multicultural Lit. cal also play a very important role for teachers.
Students from the mainstream culture learn that there are other perspectives and ways of doing things that are just as valuable as their own.
As educators we have all experienced the feeling of wishing that a child would just "behave"
Science use books that introduce a minority viewpoint or minority contribution.
Social Studies use historical fiction to introduce the minority viewpoint in important events
Language Arts introduce multicultural books for book reports assignments, poetry, theme- related studies
Art use picture books for older readers to introduce artists or art techniques
Foreign Language use pictures books, poetry or short stories to introduce foreign languages and cultures
Inclusive Literature goes beyond just different ethnic groups. It includes socio- economic diversity