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ERIC Number: EJ759630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
"I Want to Read": How Culturally Relevant Texts Increase Student Engagement in Reading
Feger, Mary-Virginia
Multicultural Education, v13 n3 p18-19 Spr 2006
Spanish was the first language of the majority of the author's 9th and 10th grade students who came from the Caribbean and Central and South America. Parents often worked late hours, and many students were employed, or had family responsibilities after school. Based on the realities of their lives, her students' engagement in reading was haphazard. Because of family circumstances, reading literature did not appear to play an important role in their after school lives. Whether it was due to issues of access or for other reasons, she knew that her students were not engaged in reading, and it was her responsibility to stimulate their interest. In this article, the author describes how culturally relevant literature and non-fiction texts increase her students' engagement in reading. Culturally relevant literature and non-fiction, combined with a focus on collaboration and comprehension strategies, results in students' feelings of self-efficacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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