This book provides a mechanism for teachers to develop an understanding of multicultural literature and the criteria used to evaluate it. It promotes multicultural education in schools and helps to develop teaching strategies and resources that will benefit all students. Through its discussion of picture books, folklore, fairytales, myth, legends, fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, and nonfiction works appropriate for grades K-8, students are enabled to see the strengths and weaknesses within each literature genre as well as within each culture. Examples of unit plans and an extensive annotated bibliography are also included. With Cultural Journeys, prospective and experienced teachers will gain a deeper understanding of how to use multicultural literature throughout the entire curriculum and not just during designated months or time periods.
Pamela S. Gates is professor of english and the interim dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University. Dianne L. Hall Mark is dean in the William L. Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University.
Preface Acknowledgments 1. Why Do We Study Multicultural Literature? 2. Defining LIterary Standards 3. Picture Books 4. Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Tall Tales 5. Historical Fiction 6. Nonfiction: Biography, Informational Texts, and Autobiography 7. Realistic Fiction 8. Poetry 9. Creating the Climate for Success Appendix: Additional Cultural Resources and Unit Plans Bibliography Index About the Authors