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ERIC Number: ED497893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 232
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-87207-616-7
Breaking Boundaries with Global Literature: Celebrating Diversity in K-12 Classrooms
Hadaway, Nancy L., Ed.; McKenna, Marian J., Ed.
International Reading Association (NJ3)
In today's increasingly diverse classrooms, it is essential for educators to provide students with the tools, dialogue, and experiences that will help them to know and understand the global village in which they live and also build their compassion, empathy, and appreciation for the diverse individuals and cultures who populate it. This book shows educators how to accomplish both of these goals. Drawing from the selection of quality global literature chosen for the Notable Books for a Global Society booklists, this book explores key themes in global literature, offering ideas, activities, and strategies for K-12 English language arts classrooms. Educators will learn how to use global literature to: (1) explore literary elements and at the same time develop students' global awareness; (2) illustrate the diversity as well as the commonality at the heart of all stories and people; (3) promote students' critical thinking about society, diversity, and their place in the global community; and (4) extend students' connections with literature to constructive activism and service learning. The book begins with a List of Author Reflections; About the Editors; Foreword: Notable Books for a Global Society: The Beginning (Yvonne Siu-Runyan ); Preface: Considering Diversity through Literature (Nancy L. Hadaway); and Introduction: Building Bridges to Understanding (Nancy L. Hadaway). The book then divides into three parts and nine chapters. Part I: Diverse Perspectives in Literature, contains: (1) An Analysis of the Notable Books for a Global Society, 1996-2005 (Nancy L. Hadaway); and (2) The Challenges and Opportunities of International Literature (Evelyn B. Freeman, Barbara A. Lehman, and Patricia L. Scharer). Part II: Themes of Diversity in Global Literature, contains: (3) Finding Our Stories through Her Stories: Strong Females in the Global Tapestry (Cyndi Giorgis, Janelle B. Mathis, and April Whatley Bedford); (4) Coming to America: The U.S. Immigrant Experience (Jeanne M. McGlinn); (5) Language Diversity in the United States and Issues of Linguistic Identity in a Global Society (Nancy L. Hadaway and Terrell A. Young); and (6) Resilient Children in Times of War (Linda Leonard Lamme). Part III: Strategies for Using Literature to Promote Global Awareness, contains: (7) Keys to Global Understanding: Notable Books for a Global Society Text Sets (Carolyn Angus); (8) Using Poetry to Explore Social Justice and Global Understanding (Mary Napoli); and (9) Transformative Literature: A Teaching/Learning Model for Using Global Literature to Positively Influence Our World (Marian J. McKenna). Finally, the contents include: Conclusion: Crossing the Bridge (Marian J. McKenna); and Notable Books for a Global Society (1996-2005): Booklists by Year.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States