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S: Kaitlyn Billops - Cultural Literacy

BC: Kaitlyn Billops TE 402, Section 1 Spring 2012

FC: NEW LITERACIES PROJECT | By: Kaitlyn Billops | Cultural Literacy Homosexuality in Children's Literature

1: Kaitlyn Billops TE 402, Section 1 Spring 2012 | Presented By:

2: Basic Definition | Cultural literacy is knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups, including one's own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media.

3: Virtually, cultural literacy is the concept of being knowledgeable, accepting and understanding of the norms of various cultures. Examples of cultural literacy can include historical references, language, obeying laws and civility. Cultural literacy also varies from location to location. An individual would not use the same type of cultural literacy at a baseball game as they would in a church. It is important that individuals practice cultural literacy because of its value. Being able to communicate successfully with others and navigate around a region are important traits to have. The more culturally literate an individual is, the easier time they'll have.

4: Homosexuality in Children's Literature

5: What is it? Any children's book that mentions gay, lesbian and transgendered characters or themes is considered a homosexual piece of children's literature.

6: Why I Chose It... I chose to discuss homosexuality in children's literature because of its growing popularity due to the mainstream acceptability of homosexuality in society. However surprisingly while teen and young adults book sales of homosexual literature have exploded, those for young children have dwindled. This can be most likely attributed to the growing stir of controversy surrounding these books. Though homosexuality is more widely accepted now than decades ago, many parents of young children are uncomfortable allowing their children to be exposed to pieces of literature with themes of homosexuality. Several lawsuits have been occurred with these books being the catalyst. A Massachusetts couple has filed a lawsuit alleging that their civil rights were infringed when a teacher read their children a popular children's book with homosexual themes. In Pittsburgh librarians are boycotting the ordering of another book fearing protests due to its “homosexual agenda”. Aside from adults not purchasing these books, many children's books publishers have been making it difficult for gay-themed children's books to make it into print. Though society has been able to accept the idea of homosexuality most parents are still unable to find homosexual children's literature acceptable reads for their children.

7: Why It's Important... | It promotes diversity within the classroom allowing for different types of families to be represented in books and lessons. | It teaches students to have tolerance and respect for others | It allows students to open their minds to family structures that are different from their own and learn to accept their classmates for what type of person they are not where they come from. | It allows students that hail from gay families to be represented in class.

9: Jack & Jim By: Kitty Crowther | and Tango Makes Three By: Peter Parnell | King & King By: Linda de Haan | Mom and Mum are Getting Married By: Ken Setterington | EXAMPLES

10: Resources for Teachers | Lesson Plan Data Base: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/rg-lessonplans.html | Popular Gay-Themed Children's Books: http://www.amazon.com/Excellent-Childrens-Literature-Themes-Homosexuality/lm/R18VFV7Q6TJOZJ | Online Blog: http://ncte.connectedcommunity.org/icte/discussions/digestviewer/?GroupId=1483

11: Resources to Learn More About Cultural Literary | Cultural Literacy Tests: http://www.readfaster.com/culturalliteracy/ | Article: http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/HE/TA09CulturalLiteracy.pdf | Article: http://educationnext.org/e-d-hirsch-cultural-literacy-and-american-democracy/

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