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.
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.
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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.
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