Building Intercultural Connections through Literacy Community Explorations of Global and Multicultural Literature

Volume IV, Issue 1

WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is a regular on-line publication of WOW containing vignettes written by classroom educators about children’s experiences reading and responding to literature in the classroom setting.

Contents

Introduction

Building Intercultural Connections through Literacy Community Explorations of Global and Multicultural Literature

by Janine M. Schall

Timonium, Maryland Literacy Community

Building Intercultural Connections through Literacy Community Explorations of Global and Multicultural Literature

by Prisca Martens and Ray Martens

“That’s NOT how it is in my family!”: Children Develop Intercultural Understandings of Themselves and Others

By Michelle Hassay Doyle

“He inspired others to change his world”: An Exploration of Taking Action Through Reading and Writing

by Jenna Loomis

Reading and Creating with Art: Picture Books in the Art Classroom

by Stacy Aghalarov

Stillwater, Oklahoma Literacy Community

 Interactions with Literature about Immigration and Middle Eastern Cultures

By Seemi Aziz

Cross-Cultural Understanding through Children’s Literature

By Melanie Bradley and Zeinab Mohamed

First Grade Explorations of Global Literature about the Middle East

By Jackie Iob

Third Grade Connections to Middle Eastern and Arab Cultures

By Rhonda Hover

Spokane, Washington Literacy Community

Providing the Books for Literacy Community Classrooms

By Marilyn Carpenter

Redefining Normal in the Lives of Second Graders

By Melissa Carpenter

Exploring Personal Culture with Young Children

By Abby Spencer, Lindsay Wing, and Lacey Grummons

A Cross-Cultural Study of Japanese & American Culture

By Meg Baker, Charlotte Streit, Kimberly Wade

One thought on “Building Intercultural Connections through Literacy Community Explorations of Global and Multicultural Literature

  1. Michele Bosler says:

    I wish that more teachers took such an innovative approach to embracing our cultures. As an American, I embody several different culture through our families bloodlines. We celebrate holidays with many Polish and German traditions. Through our celebrations, I have been able to inform many people about how our culturevhas had an impact on my life and my families life. These students now have a basic understanding that we are all different and yet all the same. If every teacher took advantage of this opportunity, there would be so much more tolerance of other cultures and may create a general sense of intrigue to understand them. I do hope that more teachers read this and implement these strategies into their classrooms to better the future of our great nation.

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