Build YourSchool’sGlobalLibrary Kathy G. Short University of Arizona Worlds of Words
Why is Global Literature Significant? Insights into how people live, feel and think around the world Develop emotional connections and empathy as well as knowledge Come to know own home culture and world beyond home Recognize common values shared across cultures as well as unique differences of each culture See how people of world view themselves, not just how we view them
Story as Meaning-Making Story is how we make sense of our experiences Narrative is a primary act of mind Our world view is a web of interconnected stories Scientific theories are just bigger stories The ways in which we story are culturally- based.
Say Something Two people share the reading of a text One person begins reading aloud and reads for several paragraphs until that person comes to a good stopping point. Each person SAYS SOMETHING A connection, question, comment, or prediction. The second person reads aloud the next section and then stops for both to say something.
What is an international book? Originallypublished in another country for children of that country and later republished in the U.S. Books set in world cultures, written and published in the U.S
Availability of Multicultural/Global Literature 2011 2010 2009 2008 Af/Af-A 123/79 156/102 157/83 172/85 Am Ind 28/12 22/9 33/12 40/9 As/Pac 91/76 64/60 80/67 98/77 Am Latino 58/52 66/55 61/60 79/48Out of 3400-3500 books per year
Data Bases Children’sLiterature Comprehensive Data base – requires a subscription Titlewave – Follett – free to school librarians
Worlds of Words – wowlit.org WOW Books – book search Author’s Corner My Take/Your Take WOW Currents
Accuracy, Authenticity, and RepresentationExtent to which a book reflects beliefs and values of a cultural group and depicts accurate details of everyday life and language for that group • Diversity within any cultural group • Readers from within are able to feel affirmed that what are reading rings true – “you know it when you see it.” • Readers from another culture are able to identify and learn something of value about cultural similarities and differences
Accuracy Details of everyday life and language
Authenticity Reflects the core values at the heart of the culture. Believability – acts and thinks in a way that is viewed as possible by insiders
Representation The relationship of an individual book to images of a specific culture within a collection of children’s books and society Having few available images overemphasizes those that are present Over-representation of a particular theme or image Power relationships -- who solves the problem Perspectives and audience
WOW Review Critical book reviews that focus on cultural authenticity, accuracy, and representation Provides background info on author and illustrator Suggestions of related texts
Access for StudentsEngaging students with global literature can be difficult because of : Unfamiliar stylistic devices and terms Experiences and settings far removed from children’s lives Struggle to make connections to go beyond viewing global cultures as strange or exotic Adopting strategies that are tangential or in opposition to global understandings
WOW Stories Publish vignettes from classroom teachers and librarians on their use of global literature with students Global Literacy Communities Resources Language and Culture Book Kits Family Story Backpacks Cultural Community Back packs CREATE – www.createarizonal.edu