Teaching culture and diversity to children

During their professional careers, teachers often serve as members of a curriculum team. For this task, you will be serving as a member of the Language Arts Curriculum Committee. The district superintendent requested that the committees from each school create a summer reading list for students that focuses on cultural diversity across genres. The district office has selected the following five genres to focus on: realistic, fantasy, traditional, poetry, and nonfiction. Your goal is to select what you believe to be the best books for children in terms of literary quality. Each book should include some aspect(s) of cultural diversity. The results will be added to the district and school websites for community access. They will also be posted at the local library, and a list of titles will be included in the district newsletter, which is sent to every household in the community. Additionally, the committee has been asked to submit additional information that the superintendent plans to include in upcoming newsletters about children’s literature, prior to inclusion of the reading list.

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Your effort, detail, and organization should reflect your ability to judge and evaluate the literary quality of books in each genre.


Note: Do not use the following types of children’s literature for this task: books written by celebrities; books based on comics, cartoons, toys, athletes, or celebrities; books based on formulaic series; or activity-type books. Do not use books written by the same author more than once, even for different genres.


A.  Write an article (suggested length of 1–2 pages) to be distributed as part of the community newsletter in which you do the following:

1.  Introduce the theme of culture and diversity for the summer reading list by doing the following:

a.  Define culture and diversity.

b.  Explain the importance of culture and diversity in the community.

c.  Explain how literature can help students in the community understand culture and diversity.


2.  Identify three books (include the title and author for each book) that focus on issues of culture and/or diversity for each of the following categories:

a.  picture books

b.  illustrated books for primary grades

c.  illustrated books for middle readers

d.  novels


Note: The books you choose should represent a variety of genres (i.e., realistic, fantasy, traditional, poetry, non-fiction). You will identify a total of 12 books for this prompt.


3.  Describe the relevance of each of the books identified in part A2 to the summer reading theme of culture and diversity (suggested length of 1–2 sentences per book).


4.  Provide community members with a checklist of 8–10 items for evaluating the quality of a book that addresses issues of culture and/or diversity.


B.  When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.


Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.


Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in an assessment, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the assessment.


Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the APA Guidelines section.

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