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Rich Library: Diversity


Having culturally relevant reading materials, including multicultural and diverse texts, are critical for supporting all students. Seeing and engaging with texts that reflect the diverse experiences of all students allows each reader to connect with and see themselves in what they read. Diverse content also exposes students to perspectives that may be different from theirs, expanding their Background Knowledge and Critical Literacy. This strategy is one that supports the practice of culturally responsive teaching and is meant to be used with other strategies that also allow representation of all learners in the curriculum.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how these elementary teachers conducted an audit of their classroom libraries to create a collection of diverse, representative texts. By providing rich choices that are mirrors and windows into other cultures, students are able to develop a greater sense of their own identities and widen their viewpoints.

  • Providing diverse literature in the classroom deepens learners' self-understanding and understanding of others, positively impacting their perceptions of themselves and each other and also mitigating Stereotype Threat. Learners can feel a deeper sense of belonging and connection when engaging with texts that highlight their histories, cultures, and experiences. Diverse texts also allow different voices that may not already exist in the classroom to be heard and validated.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Learn how OurStory allows learners to discover books that celebrate diverse experiences. Through an interactive quiz, learners can explore and read a variety of titles that might interest them.

  • Including texts that highlight authentic, diverse perspectives and experiences allows learners to encounter characters who are like them but also develop an appreciation for others. Access to these diverse texts can also enrich learners' cultural competency and promote cross-cultural connections. When learners are able to discover books that reflect their own authentic experiences, their Motivation to read grows.
  • Resources

    Below are additional examples, research, and professional development. These resources are possible representations of this strategy, not endorsements.

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