ERIC Number: ED438150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Promoting Reading among Mexican American Children. ERIC Digest.
Murray, Yvonne I.; Velazquez, Jose
Good books can help children develop pride in their ethnic identity, knowledge about cultural history and positive role models, and improved self-esteem. However, Mexican American students often do not experience literature in this way. This digest briefly reviews Mexican American children's literature, recommends classroom strategies, provides literature selection guidelines, and suggests reading lists for various grade levels. Before 1990, few children's books with Mexican American themes were published. The past decade has seen increased dissemination of minority literature and national recognition of Mexican American authors. Using effective classroom strategies and selecting the best literature for particular groups of students are key to promoting reading among Mexican American students. Ten strategies help teachers to expand their own knowledge of available literature, influencing school district choices, incorporating multicultural readers and trade books, and involving parents and local Mexican American authors. A checklist provides nine guidelines for selecting appropriate classroom literature. A total of 67 books are recommended in the following age categories: grades pre-K-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12. (Contains 15 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Books, Childrens Literature, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Mexican American Education, Mexican American Literature, Mexican Americans, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, Reading Motivation
ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348. For full text: http://www.ael.org/eric/publicat.htm#digests.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A