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Criteria for choosing good multicultural children's books.

Discuss and explain the following:

1. What criteria distinguish well-written multicultural children's literature from poorly written multicultural children's literature?

2. Is it important for teachers to use well-written multicultural books in their classrooms? Why or why not?

3. How can picture books in the classroom impact multicultural education? Explain.

What criteria distinguish well-written multicultural children's literature from poorly written multicultural children's literature?

? It will allow the students to see the world through the eyes of the character in the book. It is not so much a description of the cultural characteristics of the personalities in the book as it is an interpretation or worldview of life as seen through the eyes of the characters in the piece of literature.

? The literature must be accurate. In screening books for inclusion in the library be sure to research the information presented in the book. It should be current. Cultures change and many times older multicultural books or poorly researched books may have dated material in them that is no longer accurate. Be sure the books do not reinforce stereotypes.

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What criteria distinguish well-written multicultural children's literature from poorly written multicultural children's literature?

? It will allow the students to see the world through the eyes of the character in the book. It is not so much a description of the cultural characteristics of the personalities in the book as it is an interpretation or worldview of life as seen through the eyes of the characters in the piece of literature.

? The literature must be accurate. In screening books for inclusion in the library be sure to research the information presented in the book. It should be current. Cultures change and many times older multicultural books or poorly researched books may have dated material in them that is no longer accurate. Be sure the books do not reinforce stereotypes.

? Both the language of the author and the language of the characters in the book should be accurate. In order for this to occur the author should either be from the culture he/she is writing about or be very knowledgeable and sympathetic to that culture.

? Look for a tone of value and respect in ...

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A discussion about how teacher's should ensure that quality multicultural books are chosen for use in their classroom or school. Over 650 words of original text with links to informative websites.

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