ERIC Number: EJ1124552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Creating and Using Culturally Sustaining Informational Texts
Watanabe Kganetso, Lynne M.
Reading Teacher, v70 n4 p445-455 Jan-Feb 2017
Current standards and assessments emphasize the importance of a variety of genres in students' literacy diets, which has placed increased attention on informational texts. Unfortunately, young students' current exposure to and experiences with informational texts are often limited by the texts' availability, quality, and relevance to children's lives. One way to address these issues of access and relevance is to create and use informational texts in more authentic, culturally sustaining, and productive ways. This article draws on a research study to outline suggestions for making and using culturally sustaining informational texts with young students. In this research, culturally sustaining informational texts of two genres (procedural and informative/explanatory) were developed, read, and written with standard 2 (second year of formal schooling) students in Botswana. Students who used these texts in reading and writing lessons showed increases in abilities to read and write both genres.
Descriptors: Sustainability, Cultural Maintenance, Literacy Education, Foreign Countries, Literary Genres, Achievement Gains, Reading Achievement, Writing Achievement, Information Sources, Teaching Methods, Standards
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Botswana
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