Teaching Through Culture by Joan Parker Webster
Strategies for Reading and Responding to Young Adult Literature

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An essential guide for using Latino literature in the classroom

In the previous generation of secondary curriculum, the texts read in classes reflected a more limited reality. Today, traditional characters like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are joined by Trino Olivares and Consuelo Harburton.

In an increasingly multicultural global community, teachers are striving to bring more culturally responsive materials to their classrooms. In this trailblazing text, Joan Parker Webster provides instructors with the basic tools to teach young adults Hispanic literature using selected texts and tailored methods for implementation in classes made up of culturally diverse students. She has chosen exemplary narrative works from some of the most respected authors of Latino literature.

Teaching Through Culture introduces teachers to key texts while providing ancilliary information and methods to make teaching and reading experiences effective. A culturally responsive teacher builds on students' prior knowledge and employs appropriate styles of communication and interaction to engage students in learning. Parker Webster affirms that the use of texts that provide cultural connections is the most successful way to actively engage diverse learners and improve their comprehension. When students can see themselves in the stories they read, they encounter familiar ideas and situations, which lessen an often overwhelming and intimidating school environment.

 

About Joan Parker Webster

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Webster is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska where she teaches courses on Children's and Young Adult Literature as well as Reading Theory and Language Arts Teaching Methods for preservice teacher education and graduate students. She obtained her Ed.D. in education at the University of Houston.
 
Published March 1, 2003 by Arte Publico Pr. 178 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This book's title is misleadingly broad for a work exclusively devoted to six Latino works of the 1990s: Anilú Bernardo's Jumping Off to Freedom, Diane Gonzales Bertrand's Trino's Choice, Judith Ortiz Cofer's Silent Dancing, Ofelia Dumas Lachtman's Call Me Consuelo, Floyd Martínez's Spirits of th...

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