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TEACHING READING TO A MULTICULTURAL STUDENT BASE by Anna Gold A Project Submitted to the Faculty of The Evergreen State College In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree Master in Teaching 2007 ii This Project for the Master in Teaching Degree by Anna Gold has been approved for The Evergreen State College by Scott Coleman Member of the Faculty Date iii ABSTRACT This paper reviews 30 articles relevant to the effective primary literacy instruction in a multicultural classroom The history of multicultural teaching in America has shown itself to be a subtractive process in which there have been attempts to force minority cultures to assimilate to majority values cultural practices and language This is the context into which many students of minority cultures enter into school Identifying culturally relevant teaching practices is vital to the success of these students The use of multicultural literature acceptance by the teacher of a student s use of heritage language and dialects and specific culturally relevant methods for teaching reading are discussed as ways to engage students and to help all people s children succeed in learning to read iv TABLE OF CONTENTS TITLE PAGE i APPROVAL ii ABSTRACT iii TABLE OF CONTENTS iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS vii CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1 Statement of the Research Question and Rationale 1 Definitions 4 Statement of Purpose 7 Limitations 8 Controversies 8 Summary 10 CHAPTER II HISTORICAL BACKGROUND Introduction 12 12 Reading Instruction in the United States Education of Students of Minority Religions 12 18 Education of African American Students 18 Education of Native American Students 21 v Education of Hispanic and Hispanic American Students Education of Asian Pacific American Students 24 25 History of the Production and Use of Multicultural Literature 25 History of Heritage Language Development and its Use in Schooling 26 History of Differentiation in Schooling Based on Socioeconomic Status 28 Summary 28 CHAPTER III INTEGRATIVE



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