ERIC Number: ED366003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Human Diversity in the Middle School.
Focusing on the culture of students with disabilities allows teachers to add another real-world dimension to the multi-cultural atmosphere of their classrooms. While Public Law 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act) legislates what opportunities must exist for the differently able, volunteer program such as "Kids on the Block" encourage acceptance of those with disabilities. Using the Banraku style of puppetry, "Kids on the Block" brings four-foot-high puppets into the classroom and creates a climate that allows children to be more open about disability. After the introductory lesson presented by this volunteer group, sixth-graders at School #74 in Buffalo, New York, read and then wrote about the campers with disabilities depicted in Ron Jones's book "The Acorn People." Students read, took notes, and composed their summary of the book as a group. Addressing the issue of understanding persons with disabilities is not part of the English Curriculum per se, but it provides productive opportunities for group writing and for appreciation of diversity. (SAM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Kids on the Block Puppets; New York (Buffalo); Piaget (Jean)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993). For related papers, see CS 214 183-186.