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ERIC Number: ED428423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 19
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Native American Stories Enhancing Multicultural Education in Elementary Schools.
Carithers, Eve R.
This paper describes the use of unbiased Native American stories as part of a multicultural perspective in elementary schools. The inclusion of a multicultural perspective will help teach social acceptance rather than separation. Emphasis is placed on developing an antibias curriculum using books from a Native point of view. Well-intentioned non-Indian authors produce award-winning and entertaining children's books about Native Americans, but "tragically, there is little in their stories that tell much about the Native experiences." Unfortunately, the omission of facts, and perpetuation of teaching stereotypes of the American Indian in popular books, have the ultimate effect of dehumanizing Indian people. Teachers should utilize their creativity to provide literature-based experiences that become meaningful. Webbing is suggested as a practical technique in which students fill in gaps of knowledge through discussions and activities webbing out from a central theme. There are some blatant and some subtle signs to recognize as criteria for teachers, parents, librarians, or students when choosing a children's book about Native Americans. Contains 18 references. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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