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Multicultural literature is "literature by and about groups that have been marginalized and disregarded by the dominant European American culture in the United States.

[It] includes racial, ethnic, religious, and language minorities, those living with physical or mental disabilities, [LGBTQIA], and people living in poverty." [1] It's important when working with multicultural literature not to inadvertently "other" marginalized groups.

[1] Short, K.G., Lynch-Brown, C., Tomlinson, C.M. (2018). Essentials of Children's Literature, 9th ed. New York: Pearson. p173. #ownvoices • Corinne Duyvis. Q: I know #ownvoices started in the kidlit world, but can I use it to recommend adult novels? Go for it. Q: What about comic books? Q: Is this about race? LGBTQIAP+? Whoaaa remember what I said about not wanting to moderate or regulate it? Let’s highlight some of those words, though: “Author,” as in the actual author has this identity, not their relative or student. “Identity,” as in at least somewhat specific. And “a” marginalized identity, not “all.” Beyond that? Q: Right, but you gave wildly different examples. Sorry, I’ve said pretty much all I feel comfortable saying.

And that’s exactly why I don’t think it’s my place to make that call. Q: If my character and I share one type of identity, but the character is also marginalized in ways that I’m not, wouldn’t it be misleading to call it #ownvoices? Depends on how you frame it. • Awesome Book features a Chinese-American trans girl! See the difference between the first one and the other two? Basically, just be specific and be clear. No. Othering. Othering 101: What Is “Othering”? | There Are No Others. By “othering”, we mean any action by which an individual or group becomes mentally classified in somebody’s mind as “not one of us”.

Rather than always remembering that every person is a complex bundle of emotions, ideas, motivations, reflexes, priorities, and many other subtle aspects, it’s sometimes easier to dismiss them as being in some way less human, and less worthy of respect and dignity, than we are. This psychological tactic may have had its uses in our tribal past. Group cohesion was crucially important in the early days of human civilisation, and required strong demarcation between our allies and our enemies. To thrive, we needed to be part of a close-knit tribe who’d look out for us, in exchange for knowing that we’d help to look out for them in kind. People in your tribe, who live in the same community as you, are more likely to be closely related to you and consequently share your genes. It’s probably not quite as simple as the just-so story we’re describing here. The Problem of Othering: Towards Inclusiveness and Belonging - Othering and Belonging.

Introduction The problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of “othering.” In a world beset by seemingly intractable and overwhelming challenges, virtually every global, national, and regional conflict is wrapped within or organized around one or more dimension of group-based difference. Othering undergirds territorial disputes, sectarian violence, military conflict, the spread of disease, hunger and food insecurity, and even climate change. In a remarkably candid and wide-ranging recently published interview, US president Barack Obama cited tribalism and atavism as a source of much conflict in the world.

In his view, many of the stresses of globalization, the “collision of cultures brought on by the Internet and social media,” and “scarcities,” some of which will be exacerbated by climate change and population growth, lead to a “default position” to organize by “tribe—us/them, a hostility toward the unfamiliar or unknown,” and to “push back against those who are different.” I. Privilege. National SEED Project - 'White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack' and 'Some Notes for Facilitators. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Downloadable PDF © 1989 Peggy McIntosh "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" first appeared in Peace and Freedom Magazine, July/August, 1989, pp. 10-12, a publication of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia, PA.

Anyone who wishes to reproduce more than 35 copies of this article must apply to the author, Dr. Peggy McIntosh, at I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group. Through work to bring materials from Women’s Studies into the rest of the curriculum, I have often noticed men’s unwillingness to grant that they are over-privileged, even though they may grant that women are disadvantaged.

I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. Describing white privilege makes one newly accountable. Intersectionality. Intersectionality 101. Teaching Tolerance | Diversity, Equity And Justice. Why Teach Multicultural Literature? | Prestwick House.

Why teach multicultural literature in your English language arts classroom? Plenty of reasons, not least among which is that the number of cultures that contribute to and continue to shape our overarching American culture is pretty large! Larger than the number of cultures the traditional literary canon helps students learn about.

Not only that, but the rise of the internet and truly global commerce means that American students need to learn about people from other cultures—their experiences, the hardships they face, the challenges their societies pose to unorthodox members who chafe under the yoke of cultural mores—in order to better understand them and communicate with them. Building Empathy If reading literary fiction can improve empathy, it stands to reason that reading multicultural literary fiction can help us better understand people from other cultures or marginalized people within our own. It can also help us understand how the same events can be interpreted by different people.

The Effects of Negative News on Young People: Harnessing Literacy for Healing. About Mirrors Windows Doors ~ What is Mirrors Windows Doors? Mirrors Windows Doors (MWD) is an online magazine whose aim is to draw attention to the riches of children’s and YA books from across the world that highlight cultural and multi-cultural diversity. MWD promotes authenticity of voice, and writing that increases empathy through reading about different experiences within different cultural contexts – maybe next door, maybe across the globe – whilst tapping into a common bond of humanity and shared emotional response.

MWD is a resource for librarians, teachers, parents and carers, as well as teens, who want to find out more about the kidlitosphere from a global perspective. Why the name Mirrors Windows Doors? Founding publisher of Groundwood Books in Canada and former International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) president Patsy Aldana has been a great purveyor of the metaphor and it was from her that I first heard it. I love this metaphor for so many reasons, and I’ll try and give some of them here… Ezra Hyland on Education Talk Radio. Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Doors.

When the Black Caucus of NCTE established the African American Read-In (AARI) over 25 years ago, their ambitious yet confident premise was that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors. They knew what NCTE member Rudine Sims Bishop wisely wrote: “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange.

These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Choosing Children's Books: Cultural Relevance Rubric | Colorín Colorado.

Just what makes a book culturally relevant? Teachers and students can use the Cultural Relevance Rubric created by David and Yvonne Freeman to examine and discuss a book's cultural relevance in the classroom in which it is being used. The rubric was originally published in English Language Learners: The Essential Guide (Scholastic, 2007). Online resource Another version of the rubric is available from ReadWriteThink. Teachers we have worked with have used this rubric in various ways. Some have read a book that they thought might be culturally relevant to a single ELL and then asked the questions on the rubric.

Other teachers have had older students read a book they believed fit the questions on the rubric and then had students individually fill out the rubric. David and Yvonne Freeman are professors at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Freeman, D. and Freeman, Y. Literature Log - Multicultural Literature. 12-year-old Willow Chance is exceptional -- so gifted, the only place she feels she belongs is at home, with her adopted parents and her garden. Definitely not at school, where she's been ordered to see a counselor, and where she has no friends. Then her parents are killed in a traffic accident, and Willow is left searching for a true place to belong. It turns out, she's not the only one. This book is a gorgeous story about identity, family, and grief. The language is careful and beautiful while still feeling authentic to the voice of a 12-year-old.

It would pair well with Front Desk by Kelly Yang or The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly, in talking about race, social activism, and family. Discussions about family -- particularly the roles of genetics and social relationships -- would be interesting, and this book would make a fresh departure from the tired "Family Tree" assignments. Designing a School Garden. We Need Diverse Books – Book Recommendations for the African American Read-In. This February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, and community and professional organizations throughout the country have been hosting African American Read-Ins to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.

Choosing which books to share at a Read-In is one of the most challenging (and joyous) parts of hosting. There are so many fabulous books written by African American authors out there, how can you possibly choose? To help get you started, we asked our social media community to share some of their favorites. To see the original messages this list is based on, click here. Picture Books Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophia Blackall Gia is tired of hearing about the new baby. Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. 1950s Nashville, Tennessee, is segregated, and black people are persecuted, but young Tricia Ann is determined to venture on her own across town to someplace special.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. Be a King: Dr. There Is No Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times. The following post was created by members of NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. The members of NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Racism and Bias have felt an urgency since we each joined the committee to stand against racism and bias. We have been working on ways to encourage each member of NCTE to speak out against the systemic and individual acts of racism that disenfranchise our students in and out of the classroom. We know that racism exists in our classrooms and in our communities. We feel that silence on these issues is complicity in the systemic racism that has marred our educational system.

We see no place for neutrality and urge each member of NCTE to educate as many people as possible about the ways that systemic racism affects all of us in negative ways. There is no apolitical classroom. Our Action Subcommittee has been working this year on creating classroom resources for teachers to use as statements of love and support. Krik? Multicultural Children's Book Publisher. Rich in Color – Reading & Reviewing Diverse YA Books. Multicultural and Social Justice Books. I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I read? LGBTQ Reads | Queering up your shelf, one rec at a time! In a Heartbeat - Animated Short Film.

8 Middle Grade Books with LGBTQ Characters. Hello and welcome to the second installment of Ask Your Friendly Neighbourhood Lesbrarian! Let’s get right to it: Hello Casey, Please help! I have a very precocious eight year old daughter who began speaking at nine months and decided that she would marry a woman before she turned two. Thank you!!! Hi Marie, Can I just say how excited I am to hear from queer-positive parents like you?

You’ve hit on an interesting issue and an unfortunate gap in queer literature for young people. The reading difficulty of the ones I chose varies, and some of these might be better to read with your daughter now, or for her to read on her own in a year or so. George by Alex Gino In some ways, George by Alex Gino is a very familiar story about a regular kid in a regular school with regular ten-year-old problems: dealing with bullies at school, really wanting a certain part in the school play, an annoying teenage brother, and a busy single mom. Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess by Jeremy Whitley Bonus! LGBT Perspectives in the Middle School Classroom | The Educators Room. There has recently been a lot of buzz around a new short animated film entitled “In a Heartbeat.”

I first saw it being shared on Facebook, and since it was posted on July 31st, it has been viewed over 20 million times. If you have not had the chance to view it yet, here is a link: In a Heartbeat. Without giving too much away, this animated short film is the story of a young boy who has not yet come to terms with his sexuality, and ultimately leaves the viewer with the message, “the heart wants what the heart wants.” This short film is groundbreaking. It’s the first animated film I’ve ever seen from the point of view of an LGBT character, and it’s exactly what is needed in classrooms in order to spark a much-needed discussion with students in middle school.

LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. I say it’s perfect for middle school students based on a number of reasons. Understanding Early Adolescence Inclusion of LGBT Voices References: Bisexual – The Trevor Project. Bisexual is just one of the many non-binary sexual orientations out there. Bisexuality refers to one’s capacity to form physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to the same, other, or more than one gender, not presuming non monogamy.

These attractions can be experienced in differing ways and degrees over one’s lifetime, and sexual experiences need not determine if one is bisexual or not. That’s why there is such a broad spectrum of terms and identities available that help us talk about who we’re attracted to. In this section, we’ll talk about what it might mean to identify as bisexual, pansexual, queer, questioning, or other non-binary identities. If you are attracted to the same, other, or more than one gender, you may identify as bisexual or “bi+.” “Binary” means two parts. Non-binary sexual orientations help us describe attractions to people who don’t identify as just male/man or female/woman.

Question:1. It’s a myth that all bisexual people are promiscuous. Question:3. Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender. Books about Hurricane Katrina for pairing. Disasters have a way of crystalizing time, ensuring we forever remember where we were when they occur. I remember being in elementary school art class when the Challenger exploded, law school tax class on the morning of 9/11, and a far safer New Jersey beach when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005. Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast ten years ago this month, doing particularly brutal damage to the Big Easy, and while the passing years may have blunted the fear and uncertainty of that time, the memories for many remain crystal clear.

To honor and remember those who struggled through the storm, we’ve compiled books that help explain what happened, question the choices we make when our worlds fall apart, and celebrate the resiliency of the communities that lived through that extraordinary period in our national history. Drama — GoRaina! Drama by Raina Telgemeier: Book Trailer. Graphix Teachers guide. The Prince and the Dressmaker « Jen Wang. The Prince and the Dressmaker: a Gender Spectrum Story Time | Gender Spectrum. Responding_to_Concerns_Teaching_About_Gender_030915.pdf. Education | Gender Spectrum. Deadnaming. GEORGE « Alex Gino. George. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older. Julián is a Mermaid - Jessica Love.

I'm Your Neighbor Books: Immigration Children's Literature. Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee. Teaching Refugees with Limited Formal Schooling | Toward a Brighter Future. 8 educational resources to better understand the refugee crisis. The Refugee Experience for Middle Grade and YA Readers [in The Booklist Reader] | BookDragon. Best Kids Books About Refugees, as Chosen by Educators. Colorín Colorado | A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners. Penguinrandomhouse. UNHCR - Teaching about refugees. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. Veera Hiranandani: The Gift of Multiculturalism – Mackin Community. The Night Diary author Veera Hirandani in conversation with editor.

The Night Diary | Discussion Questions | Activities | Review. Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg. Serafina's Promise Discussion Guide. Serafina's Promise resources from Florida Association of Media in Education [ Serafina & Common Core | Ann E. Burg. Stormy seas : stories of young boat refugees (Book, 2017) Québec Reading Connection - Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees.

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. The Only Road | Book by Alexandra Diaz. The Only Road: Curriculum Resource Guide | Library Learning.