ERIC Number: ED390025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Multicultural Trade Books in the Elementary Curriculum.
Johst, Lee Ann Lannom
As teachers incorporate multiculturalism into the curriculum and continue with a literature-based approach, the need to identify multicultural literature becomes greater. Based on this teaching method and the incorporation of multiculturalism, an effective tool to help teachers is an annotated bibliography of multicultural content-area trade books. With a bibliography such as this, teachers are able to incorporate multicultural literature in all areas of the elementary curriculum. A project to develop such a bibliography began by identifing criteria used to select titles. Violet Harris's definition of multicultural literature provided the concise description needed. The second stage if the project was to identify titles to review and compare against the criteria. Titles were identified through journal articles, bibliographies, and browsing library shelves. Approximately 175 titles were read and compared against the criteria and a decision made whether to include them in the annotated bibliography. Finally, a draft copy of the annotated bibliography was given to five elementary teachers for their review. Based on their comments, suggested grade levels were added to each bibliographic entry. Appendixes present the 175-item annotated bibliography of multicultural content-area trade books published between 1985 and 1995, an introduction letter to reviewers, a survey instrument for teachers, and a survey instrument for librarians. Contains 30 references. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Multicultural Materials; Trade Books
Note: M.S. Project, State University of New York, College at Oswego.