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ERIC Number: EJ833711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
The Importance of Visibility: Students' and Teachers' Criteria for Selecting African American Literature
Gray, Erika Swarts
Reading Teacher, v62 n6 p472-481 Mar 2009
Previous research has demonstrated that African American children do not always relate to the literature available in their classrooms. The study examined fifth-grade students' responses to African American literature to determine the criteria students use to select books. Students' selection criteria were then compared with teachers' selection criteria. Students wanted African American literature that had realistic plots and book covers and that included characters that were similar to themselves and their families. However, the books available in teachers' classrooms did not reflect these criteria. These findings suggest that teachers know the types of books students would want to read but may not have the time or resources to make the books available in their classrooms. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A