Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools

Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools

Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools

Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools

Synopsis

Reach students across all cultures with multicultural literature Help all students learn to read, comprehend, and gain information literacy skills through multicultural literature. Use this book to provide hands-on instruction to help students connect, learn, and achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Sample standards-based, integrated lesson plans and curriculum units show teachers how to really integrate multicultural materials in their lessons to help all students achieve. This is an excellent resource for teachers and librarians who teach and motivate English Language Learners (ELL) and students from all cultures.

Excerpt

Middle and high school students are beginning to find their place in the world around them. Through music, video, and other media in popular culture, there is a wealth of opportunity to integrate multicultural resources into the secondary classroom as well as the school library. While there are several excellent resources available for teachers and librarians in elementary schools, there are few that suggest ways to use multicultural resources in middle schools, and fewer for high schools. This book will fill that void by suggesting specific multicultural materials along with specific ways of using them in the secondary school classroom.

The books in these chapters were compiled from award lists and the authors’ research and work as book critics. The titles were published over the last fifteen years and chosen because of their proven success with students in the authors’ classrooms and in classrooms across the United States as reported in various anecdotal reports and research studies. However, there are exceptions. We included older titles such as, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976), N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn (1968), and Nancy Garden’s Annie on My Mind (1982), because we believe such titles are “classics.”

Each chapter contains a brief introduction of the section followed by Integrating Multicultural Texts features that provide a synopsis of three to five texts from many genres—film, poetry, picture books, short stories—and several research-based activities. An annotated list of additional texts concludes each chapter. Some of the books in a particular chapter could also be included in other chapters. For example, we cite Cool Salsa edited by Lori Carlson in our chapter titled “Language/Country of Origin” though we realize it could be discussed there or in chapter 4, “Race and Ethnicity.”

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