Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures

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Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures builds bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature.

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WOW News
world continents with titular information and WOW and CERCLL logos The Worlds of Words Center, in partnership with Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), presents Global Literacy Communities: Creating Curriculum that is Intercultural by Cynthia K. Ryman and Kathy G. Short. This publication provides examples of how PreK-12 teachers worked together to integrate global literature into their classrooms, particularly around a curriculum framework that encourages students to develop intercultural understanding. Free download available. Read More…

A Chinese boy and his grandmother imagine the U.S. as Gum San, Gold Mountain.Wilson Ong’s last name was Wong until the fourth grade when his father revealed he used a false name to immigrate to the U.S. as a “paper son.” His father’s story isn’t that different from Lee’s story in the picturebook illustrated by Wilson, Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America. Each of Wilson’s original oil illustrations for this book were purchased by Mary J. Wong, also the child of a paper son, and donated to the Worlds of Words Center where they are on exhibit. The free, all-ages exhibit is open to the public now through December. Read More…

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WOW Currents
Islandborn by Junot Diaz“Rompe nuestra burbuja” were the words that Mariposa (self-selected pseudonym), an eight-grade Chilean student, used when giving her opinion about the benefits of reading stories that explore how people from different cultures live. She revealed, “Porque uno aprende nuevas cosas y rompe nuestra burbuja, nos muestra diferentes realidades de la vida diaria [because we learn new things, and it pops our bubbles. It shows us different realities from daily life].” Learn more about how Mariposa and six of her classmates responded to three culturally specific picturebooks from the United States.

University of Arizona garden with three saguarosWe the People: Migrant Waves in the Making of America, an institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, challenged the perception that migration is a recent negative phenomenon. This special series features pieces written by institute participants.

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WOW Dozen
A child blows a dandelionThere is a common misperception that picturebooks are only for early elementary students. Secondary students and even students in upper elementary often miss out on the particular artistry and poetry that come through the picturebook form. In this month’s WOW Dozen, Celeste brings together examples of global picturebooks that can be explored and enjoyed in secondary English Language Arts as well as the content areas. Read more to consider how these books can be used as models for writing, artworks for practicing analysis, avenues for identity development as well as exploration of the experiences of others, inspiration for creativity, tools to deepen content knowledge, and so much more.

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∞ WOW Stories, WOW Review and WOW Libros are accepting submissions. Our online journals are available to you without subscription, membership or fee requirements. We are proud to offer these journals and want to hear from you. E-mail us with questions, feedback and submissions.

WOW Stories
Image of a group of four young children rolling balloons in a tray of flour. In the back are two red balloons, while the children closer to the camera ar eusing green (left side) and white (right side).WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is a regular on-line publication of Worlds of Words containing vignettes written by educators about children’s experiences reading and responding to literature. If you would like to submit to WOW Stories, please see our current call and guidelines. ISSN 2577-0551

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WOW Review
rabbit with an over the shoulder pouch points down a pathwayWOW Review: Reading Across Cultures is a regular on-line publication of Worlds of Words containing reviews of selected books to be published quarterly. The reviews are careful examinations of the books, primarily focused on the cultural authenticity of the text and illustrations. If you would like to submit to WOW Review, please see our current call and guidelines. ISSN 2577-0527

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WOW Libros
Cover of Maria la dura en: no quiero ser ninja depicting a girl with short brown hair in a yellow karate gi, one hand extended to chop the viewer. She is in space and in the background behind her is a large ball of fire.WOW Libros: Leyendo entre palabras is a regular on-line publication of Worlds of Words containing Spanish-language reviews of Spanish-language books. If you would like to submit to WOW Libros, please see our current call guidelines.

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