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FC: Cultural Literacy... | ...Through a virtual scrapbook

1: TE 402, Section 1 Spring Semester 2011 | Let's take a look at what it means to be culturally literate and why it is important...

2: Characteristics of Culture: -It is learned. -Culture can change. -A lot of people don't know about their own culture. -It can affect our behaviors.

3: What is culture? | The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group. (dictionary.com)

4: Literacy involves the integration of listening, speaking, reading, writing and critical thinking; it incorporates numeracy. It includes the cultural knowledge that enables the speaker, writer or reader to recognise and use language appropriate to different social situations. (Australian Council for Adult Literacy, 1991)

5: What is literacy?

6: Culture + Literacy= Cultural Literacy. Let's define it... knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups, including one's own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media. (dictionary.com)

7: How can we become culturally literate? -Research ones own culture -Research other cultures -READ (history, geography, etc.) -Visit museums about art, history, culture, etc.

8: Why is it important to be culturally literate? "The environment and culture in which people are raised affects and even determines many of their thought processes." (Marc Prensky, 2001) | *We know that people from different cultures think differently. Therefore, being culturally literate can help us understand the people and the world around us.

9: *Many of our classmates or students are likely to be culturally different than ourselves. *Being culturally literate will help us to build a relationship with these people. *Having knowledge of other cultures makes for a well-rounded citizen. *Different cultures are fun to learn about!

10: How can cultural literacy be promoted in the classroom? -First, get to know your students and their backgrounds! -Have students write "about me" profiles to share with the class. -Choose literature that relates to the students' backgrounds. -Have students share pictures, artifacts, etc. from their culture.

11: Integrate culture into as many subjects as possible: -reading, writing, art, music, science... The possibilities are endless! | Culture in the classroom!

12: Example Lesson Plan to Develop Cultural Literacy... This lesson is intended to help students experience both “efferent” (reading for information) and “aesthetic” (reading as a personal, emotional experience) responses to the story A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer. Students can make geographic, economic, cultural, religious, ethnic, and personal connections

13: Standards... 1. Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works. To view the full lesson, please visit: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/making-personal-cultural-connections-166.html?tab=1#tabs (All material on these two pages were taken from this website.)

14: Culture is everywhere! Become culturally literate!

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