I had a week to finish the book and write a ten-page paper for my Multicultural Literature class on the effects of colonialism and tourism that Kincaid describes in the book. My cousin sat across from me and my mother was behind me washing dishes.
Multicultural Understanding through Literature Shirley Koeller Children read more literature than textbooks and enjoy literature more than expository text O'Brien and Stoner One reason is that imaginative prose and poetry offer affective and aesthetic views of others' lives and the joys and sorrows people know Norton ; Wagner Because of its vivid setting and dramatic events, literature is also an excellent means of traveling to the heart of social issues like freedom, justice, liberty, and human and civil rights, as well as the underside of society, represented by social problems and decay.
Avid readers believe that literature enriches them. Compelling recent research has suggested that multicultural literature fosters cultural and personal pride within students and promotes cultural awareness, tolerance, mutual respect, and understanding among students from diverse backgrounds Olson A wide range of literature that offers ideas and stories can promote interest in and greater sensitivity toward problems that have an impact on people's lives.
Good literature nudges readers to wonder, survey, invent, and alter relationships they perceive between their readings. Literature can fuel the imagination to show us possibilities instead of boundaries, reflecting nature's law that growing things defy boundaries Brooks To respond to literature is to envision alternatives.
Literature that evokes sensitivity to social issues, like the multicultural literature discussed here, can greatly enhance social studies learning by helping students develop the ability to think for themselves.
Effective social studies teaching through literature requires the guidance of students through different stages of involvement. First, student interest in appropriate literature must be fostered, which requires giving students sufficient choices to allow them to define their own interests.
Subsequently, student interest becomes the basis of a spirit of inquiry, as students ask questions that enable them to appreciate the objectives and context of the literature. Third, students should be guided toward mature reflection, in which they come to terms with ambiguity, tension, and incompatible perspectives.
Throughout these stages, students should be encouraged to respond to literature in writing, which will encourage clearer thinking and communications skills. Interest Teachers can use a variety of strategies to help children enjoy literature. These include the careful selection of good stories and poems likely to hold personal meaning for readers; the provision of a wide array of literature to appeal to individual tastes and allow for a range of personal choice; and the presentation of an interesting introduction to and rationale for studying a unit and its major issues, players, and factions that will encourage students to develop an interest in the literature.
Teachers who are aware of the abundance of multicultural literature available can carefully plan library visits so that they are occasions of pleasure, wonder, and excitement that will help students locate literature that is meaningful to them.
Students offered a range of literature choices will probably pick works that stir personal thoughts about topics under study. Student motivation and student selection are integrally related Greene in Koeller Students who select literature that interests them are motivated to read more.
What they select themselves is also what they exchange with others Hill and Hale ; Nielsen a. One example of the powerful impact of literary interest is provided by Louie Books could not help her relate her slowly emerging Asian American sense of identity to the classmates and teachers with whom she spent her waking hours.
She craved a connection with sympathetic and likable characters.Reading and writing are reciprocal (Cairney ; Moss ).
Literature often inspires readers to write. Literature often inspires readers to write. Writing about reading can further maturity, conceptual knowledge, and the .
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Recommended Works of Multicultural Literature for the Secondary Classroom Provided below is a list of recommended readings suggested by teachers from the Olson, (Ed)., Reading, Thinking and Writing About Multicultural Literature.
Evanston, IL: Scott Foresman. (High School). To prove allegiance to a gang of boys, a young Greek . Books shelved as multicultural-literature: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen L.