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ERIC Number: EJ871359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Culturally Relevant Poetry: Creating Esperanza (Hope) with Stanzas
Rodriguez-Valls, Fernando
Multicultural Education, v17 n1 p11-14 Fall 2009
Schools in California are populated with hundreds of thousands of students who daily bring to the classroom the richness of diverse cultures. Yet, the majority of these students are exposed to scripted anthologies that neither recognize their diversity nor empower students with multicultural exchanges. Thus, the opportunity to create an environment where literacy stops the perpetuation of cultural stereotypes disappears, impeding students to fully experience the joy of reading as a mechanism that generates multicultural consciousness as well as literary competence. This article advocates for the use of culturally relevant poetry, which pictures the students' cultures as an asset rather than a barrier. Focusing on the struggles Latino students experience in inner-city schools of Los Angeles, the author argues that building a strong sense of cultural identity with the support of active parent involvement and enlightenment facilitates the creation of a global culture. Moving from inside out students, parents, and teachers cooperatively read and analyze poetry to create the "Esperanza" (Hope) that another world is really possible, a world where understanding who we are and where we come from is the first step to embrace other cultures. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California