S: CULTURAL LITERACY
BC: Cultural Literacy New Literacies Project Laura Catalano March 18, 2012
FC: CULTURAL LITERACY | Laura Catalano
2: What is cultural literacy? | Cultural literacy is engaging in learning activities to understand and learn not only about different cultures, but also about your own through different media that do not present stereotypes or biases.
3: Incorporating cultural literacy in the classroom is essential. It teaches students how to be literate and look at the world with more accepting and understanding mindsets.
4: Why is cultural literacy important? | Cultural literacy is important because we are surrounded by different cultures. Helping students understand the similarities and differences among cultures will make a more literate and open-minded world.
6: Examples of cultural literacy | Readers will chase Esperanza through a book full of ups and downs. The Ortega family has to leave their mansion in Mexico and come America during the Great Depression and work in farm labor camps. Readers will be able to better understand differences between cultures and see her family triumph adversity.
7: In "La Mariposa," the main character Francisco struggles with integrating in American schools. His language barrier, making friends, and his family's different culture makes his transition difficult. "La Mariposa" is a beautifully crafted, insider-written story of his first hand experiences coming to America.
8: LESSON IDEAS | Pen pals are a great way for students to learn about other students that live around the world.
9: After reading a non-biased book about a culture, if you can, locate where the culture is located on a map and used shared writing to write a few sentences about the culture by the location on the map.