ERIC Number: ED393644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Latino Voices in Children's Literature: Instructional Approaches for Developing Cultural Understanding in the Classroom. Chapter 15.
Kibler, John M.
As Mexican Americans are the largest language-minority population in U.S. public schools, an investigation of literature that authentically reflects Mexican American students' cultural experience is necessary for any teacher. This chapter outlines strategies for integrating Mexican American children's literature into the structure of a classroom environment through both curricular and social methods. Multicultural literature can be used to build literacy, academic competencies, and comprehension within bilingual, English-as-a-Second-Language, and monolingual classrooms. Mexican American children's literature can provide a realistic view of the Latino community. In an ethnically diverse classroom, authentic first-person reflections of characters' lives can demonstrate to non-Latino students that the Latino community is as rich and complex a setting as their own, while at the same time providing understanding of cultural differences and insight into some of the sources of intergroup conflict. For immigrant and Latino students, culturally relevant literature can normalize and validate painful life experiences, such as traumatic resettlement, disruption of family, and discrimination, while providing a safe place for students to explore their feelings about their lives. A framework for evaluating and selecting multicultural resources is outlined. An annotated bibliography lists 61 resources, categorized as preschool-grade 3, grades 4-7, grade 8-adult, and poetry. Contains 38 references and a checklist of cultural and literary guidelines to literature selection. (SV)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Relations, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic American Students, Mexican American Education, Mexican American Literature, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Reading Material Selection
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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