“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!
Chapter 4: Critical Media Literacy: Exploring Values
Daily, students spend 5.5 hours, on average, engaged in media forms outside of school (PBS Adult Learning Service, 1999). The implicit and explicit messages conveyed by the media formulate population opinions and ideas. In particular, large-scale media impact studies link media exposure to social outcomes, such as violence, obesity, substance abuse, and materialism, to name a few. Therefore it is essential for educators in a democratic society to assist youth in the development of critical thinking in regard to media that bombard them daily with images and words that influence their thinking and acting (Schmidt & Pailliotet, 2001). This strategy will encourage students to study the media and begin to ...