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Children's LiteratureUsing the December 2004 tsunami that hit Asia and Africa as its impetus, this book delves into the issue of diversity and why it is imperative that young people understand what it means to be responsible citizens of the world. To lead students toward this understanding, the author cites the idea of "Cultural Competence," one of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets (note that the Search Institute is the publisher of this text and has a trademark on the definition of these assets). Citing the eight categories defined as developmental assets—"Empowerment," "Support," "Boundaries and Expectations," "Constructive Use of Time," "Commitment to Learning," "Positive Values," "Social Competencies," "Positive Identity"—the author then provides fifty activities that allow students to explore cultural diversity with their classmates. The activities vary, from role-playing to collaborative work, from eating to explore cultures to working on shorter research projects. Teachers will find this text a useful resource in supporting cultural awareness. 2006, The Search Institute, Ages Adult.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.