I have a group of Second and Third grade students that come from different backgrounds and socio-economic statuses. The school is surrounded by many apartment buildings and some single family homes.
A lot of children nowadays struggle with socio-emotional skills and low self-esteem that will help them be successful in life.
A lot of these students lack positive cultural role models and are very much underrepresented in the media.
These students are very passionate, hard working, and creative. They are growing so much not just academically but as wonderful citizens of their communities.
The students that I work with come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. A lot of these students do not always see themselves represented in the mainstream media or don't always have easy access to multicultural literature.
Multicultural literature increases a sense of self-worth and a sense that they have a chance for a successful future.
(Ford, Harris & Howard, 1999) Unfortunately, when children don’t find themselves reflected in books, they are less likely to be
engaged in the reading process.
It is important for students to connect with the characters in the stories in ways that help them understand who they are today. Through these stories, we would hope that they see a reflection of themselves and it can help provide children with a sense of affirmation about themselves and their culture.
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