Multicultural Children's Literature : A Critical Issues Approach

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-22
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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This book is designed to prepare K-12 preservice and inservice teachers to address the social, cultural, and critical issues of our times through the use of multicultural children's books. It will be used as a core textbook in courses on multicultural children's literature and as a supplement in courses on children's literature and social studies teaching methods. It can also be used as a supplement in courses on literacy, reading, language arts, and multicultural education.

Table of Contents

Taking a Critical Issues Approach
Introduction to Multicultural Children's Literature: A Critical Issues Approach
Children's Literature Defined
Multicultural Children's Literature
A Brief Historical Overview
Role of Multicultural Children's Literature in Today's Schools
Critical Literacy and Multicultural Children's Literature
Forming Issues Into and Through Critical Literacy Lessons
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Forming a Critical Literacy Lesson Using Educational Drama
Examples of Responses to Lesson 1.1
Selected Annotated Bibliography
The Essentials and Foundations of Multicultural Children's Literature
Tracing a Brief History of Multiculturalism
Multiculturalism to Multicultural Children's Literature
Multicultural Children's Literature and Levels of Multiculturalism
Defining Multicultural Children's Literature
The Need for Multicultural Children's Literature
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Check for Authenticity
Selected Annotated Bibliography
Choosing Books and Reading Critically
Choosing Critical Children's Books
Reader Response
Reading Aloud and Transactional Theory
As the Experts: Authors, Parents, Educators, and Teachers
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Change Is Not Easy
Example of Response to Lesson 3.1
Negotiating a Deal
Selected Annotated Bibliography
Exploring Issues in Multicultural Children's Literature
Responding to Censorship, Book Banning, and Controversies
What is Censorship?
Intellectual Freedom and the First Amendment
Why Are Books Censored?
What Does Censorship Really Do?
What do Authors, Publishers, Teachers, and Parents Say About Censorship?
Useful Resources
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Web Sites of Organizations
Selected Annotated Bibliography
Gender, Sexuality, and Equity
Gender Roles Portrayed in Children's Literature
Children's Reading Preferences
Gender Equity and Finding a Balance
Some Considerations and Recommendations
Children's Books and Sexuality
Sexuality Portrayed in Children's Books
Using Children's Books to Promote Equity and Understanding
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Gender Roles
Gender and Coming of Age
Selected Annotated Bibliography
Understanding or Justifying Violence
Defining Violence
Justifying Violence in Children's Books
Steps to Counter Violence in the Media
Gang Violence
Traditional Tales and Violence
Real Life, History, and Violence
Understanding Violence
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Selected Annotated Bibliography
Realities in Life and Multicultural Children's Literature
War, Terrorism, Justice, and Freedom
Making Meaning: A Historical Perspective
Making Meaning: A Current Perspective
Making Meaning and Critical Connections
Using Children's Books to Address War, Terrorism, Justice, and Freedom
Past Depictions
Current Depictions
Reading Authentic Accounts
Finding Resilience in the Face of Adversity
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Exploring Issues of War Using Educational Drama
Example of Responses to Lesson 7.1
Selected Annotated Bibliography
Prejudice, Bullying, Abuse, and Other Challenging Situations
Defining and Discussing Challenging Situations
Child Labor
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Foster Care
Selected Annotated Bibliography
Disabilities and the Special Child
The Need for Representating Disabilities and Special Needs in Classrooms
The Special Child
Disabilities as a 'Multicultural' Group
Children Who Are Health Impaired
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Children With Special Needs
Children With Special Needs
Selected Annotate Bibliography
Influences of a Digital World
The Internet, Television, and the Video Industry
Digital Age Literature
Computer Books and Programs
Reflection Questions for the Teacher
Selected Annotated Bibliography
About the Author
About the Contributing Author
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