ERIC Number: ED394343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Influences of Multicultural Poetry Genre Study on Sixth-Grade Students' Language Appropriation.
A study investigaged: (1) in what ways sixth-grade students appropriated language and/or themes from multicultural poetry into their own poetry writing and (2) when students appropriated language and/or themes, what factors influenced their choices. Subjects were 5 students within a class of 22, chosen for case studies because of their unique involvement in the classroom community, resistance to distraction, fluency in writing, and diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Data were collected during 6 weeks of language arts study of poetry and poetry writing in which a multicultural text of 55 poems was used. The data were derived from student-authored poetry, selected published poetry, observation, in-depth student interviews, and audiotape recordings of ad hoc peer conference groups. Case analyses were supplemented with data from all 22 class members. It was found that the students did appropriate themes, phrases, and words from the multicultural poetry used and incorporate them into their own poetry, most cross-culturally. Patterns of appropriation indicate that students responded to poems holding some type of personal attraction or meaning. Examples are offered. Implications for multicultural education are also discussed. Contains 14 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).