Culturally Relevant Teaching
from NCTE INBOX 4-10-12
This month's El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) (G) is an event that focuses on providing children with books in many languages and making reading an integral part of their lives.
These are goals very much in keeping with Standard 1 of the NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts, which states that students should "read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world."
You'll find tips from the following articles from NCTE and lesson plans from ReadWriteThink.org helpful as you plan your celebration and expand your students' reading experiences.
In the Talking Points article "Connecting Students to Culturally Relevant Texts" (E-M-S), Yvonne Freeman and David Freeman argue for the importance of providing students with culturally relevant books and discuss their criteria for deciding if a book is culturally relevant to a particular child. The ReadWriteThink.org lesson plan Assessing Cultural Relevance: Exploring Personal Connections to a Text (S) cites this article.
"Collaborative Voices Exploring Culturally and Socially Responsive Literacies" (E-M) from Language Arts shares how preservice teachers were introduced to literacy as social, cultural, and critical practices. The article also raises important debates about what is valued in language arts education.
Being aware of the kinds of multicultural literature used in the English language arts classroom, and making sure to include literature attentive to differences within and beyond one's nation for students to engage with, is a job for all of us, as explained by the English Journal article "Reading Nation and World: Cultivating Culturally and Critically Reflexive Readers" (M-S).
Writing Instruction in the Culturally Relevant Classroom (S) offers specific ideas for how to teach writing well and in a culturally relevant way. Drawing on research-based understandings from NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing, the authors demonstrate how these principles support an approach to writing instruction that can help all students succeed. Listen to the authors discuss how culturally relevant pedagogy is important for all students, across all content areas, as they share the work of four classroom teachers.
The Conference on English Education position statement "Supporting Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners in English Education" (TE) provides teachers and teacher educators with a philosophical and practical base for developing literacy classrooms that meet the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse learners.
Read more about DÍAPALOOZA, a monthlong virtual celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day).
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