The readings about cultural influences and struggling readers give recognition to the importance of…
Roland Steele
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Roland, your post reminds me of the commonly referred to idea of literature serving as a window into a world outside your own, but also as a mirror of your own culture. Unfortunately, you’re right that teachers are not taking more time to consider the culture of their students in literature selection. It is true that there is less literature out there about minority cultures, but it is there and can be accessed if you put the time into finding it. If students are not able to make personal connections, not only may they lose engagement and interest, but it can also increase the cognitive load when trying to comprehend the text.

I also think we need to consider the texts that students are being asked to read for assessments. Is the literature used in assessments biased? Does that affect the scores of minority students? I’d like to see a study on that…

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