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ERIC Number: EJ955305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1521-7779
"Some People Do Things Different from Us": Exploring Personal and Global Cultures in a First Grade Classroom
Jewett, Pamela
Journal of Children's Literature, v37 n1 p20-29 Spr 2011
Children's literature can broaden and enhance readers' views of themselves and others. When children's literature from abroad as well as from the United States is incorporated into the literacy practices of a first grade class, the potential exists to widen the children's perspectives of the world and build insights about others. Additionally there exist openings to challenge cultural stereotypes and "the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the whole story." In this article, the author describes the experiences of a class of first-grade children who engaged with children's literature and crossed cultural as well as academic borders. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States