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ERIC Number: ED402623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Multicultural Poetry: Voices Unique, yet Universal.
Webre, Elizabeth C.
As teachers gravitate more and more to the use of literature and strive to include a range of cultural experiences in their classrooms, the use of poetry from various cultural groups should be considered. Poetry is a very real means of having children see themselves and others as being both unique and yet the same. In considering poetry across cultures, African-American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian poetry can be selected and shared with children. To successfully share poetry across cultures, the classroom teacher must have access to a range of multicultural poetry and be knowledgeable of: (1) the role of the teacher in successful use of multicultural literature; (2) basic reasons for sharing poetry with children; (3) poetry preferences of children; and (4) themes and poetic forms unique to specific cultures and themes and poetic forms common to several cultures. Through multicultural poetry, children can see themselves and others in a new way. (Contains 28 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A