ERIC Number: ED192975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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A Bicultural Heritage: Themes for the Exploration of Mexican and Mexican-American Culture in Books for Children and Adolescents.
This resource for teachers and librarians who seek to use literature to expose students in grades K-12 to Mexican and Mexican American culture is organized in five major theme areas: customs, lifestyles, heroes, folklore, and key historical developments. Within each major area is a 4-part learning plan for each of three grade levels: K-2, 3-6, and 7-high school. Part one consists of specific learning objectives related to the theme area. Part two is a list of pertinent books organized alphabetically by author. An attempt has been made to include as many as possible of the books about Mexican and Mexican American children that are currently available in United States school and public libraries. Part three contains a brief discussion of each learning objective and an evaluation of each book as it relates to the objectives, specifically noting strengths, weaknesses, and examples of cultural bias. Part four contains suggested follow-up and evaluation activities. A pre- and post-test student attitude survey is included as are three previously published articles dealing with the selection of non-culturally biased Spanish-language children's literature, the scarcity of children's literature in Mexico, and the wealth of children's literature in Spain. Author and title indices are provided. (SB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Books, Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic American Culture, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Mexican Americans, Mexicans, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, Spanish, Stereotypes
Scarecrow Press, Inc., 52 Liberty Ct., Metuchen, NJ 08846 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
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