“The authors provide practical approaches to literacy instruction that are desperately warranted. They offer a prescription for using strategies, selecting text, making home-school connections, and building learning communities aimed at benefiting all students. In short, this is a text that is long overdue.”

--Alfred W. Tatum, Assistant Professor

Northern Illinois University

Make literacy MEANINGFUL in your classroom for students of ALL cultures!

This book will allow teachers to use innovative strategies to promote engaged, inclusive literacy, and raise their students' appreciation for the cultural diversity in their own classroom communities. This resource celebrates awareness of individual, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity, and addresses all aspects of studies within the context of culturally responsive teaching. Field-tested with K-8 teachers, each strategy is described for use at beginning, intermediate, and advanced grade levels, and also helps teachers to individualize and accommodate special needs students.

50 Literacy Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching, K-8 addresses all aspects of language arts, reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and integrates math, science, and social studies, all within the context of culturally responsive teaching. Ways to include families and community members further strengthen the strategic effectiveness.

The six major themes of this text cluster a wealth of easily adapted and implemented strategies around: Classroom community; Home, community, and nation; Multicultural literature events; Critical media literacy; Global perspectives and literacy development; Inquiry learning and literacy learning

This invaluable resource will allow every teacher to transform the classroom culture to one in which all cultures are valued and literacy becomes meaningful to all!

Multicultural Literature Events: Motivating Literacy Learning in Content Areas
Multicultural literature events: Motivating literacy learning in content areas
Strategy 18: Literature: Celebrate Famous People from Diverse Backgrounds

Historical fiction, biographies of famous people, and biographies of people who contributed research to particular content areas all help students understand that content areas originated through the work of real people. This kind of study brings realism and authenticity to a subject area. Students can analyze individual perceptions of the world through the eyes of famous people and see how those perceptions shaped their contributions in their respective fields. Critically analyzing productive individuals' lives and accomplishments helps students see their own strengths and needs and recognize the characteristics of present and future leaders (Hopkinson, 2001; Kurtz, 2001). These famous people ...

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