Honoring Identities: Creating Culturally Responsive Learning Communities

Honoring Identities: Creating Culturally Responsive Learning Communities

by Donna L. Miller


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Honoring Identities argues that creating culturally responsive learning communities is a process which begins with building community, cultivating certain student and teacher dispositions, nurturing social justice, leveraging the power of talk and dialogic exchange, using Cultural Identity Literature (CIL) to build bridges and to normalize difference, and fostering a culture of civil discourse. Honoring Identities provides both theory and practice to advance the important mission of building culturally responsive mindsets and to ensure that all students feel like they have a place at the learning table. CIL reflects and honors the lives of all young people, and GREEN APPLE questions focus their reading on key facets of identity, multiplying the effectiveness of the reading experience. GREEN APPLE questions also provide a lens for anyone else wishing to select CIL. The questions not only illuminate different perspectives of a text but make readers aware that individual experiences color the reading of a text.

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ISBN-13: 9781475857887
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/15/2021
Pages: 175
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Donna L. Miller is an adjunct instructor, educational consultant, and manager of www.thinkingzone.org. With research interests that revolve around young adult literature and issues of literacy sponsorship, she has taught in the secondary school system for 26 twenty-six years and in the post-secondary system for another eleven.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding Purpose
Chapter One: Cultural Identity
Chapter Two: Building Community and Connections
Chapter Three: Teacher and Student Dispositions
Chapter Four: Nurturing Social Justice
Chapter Five: The Power of Talk and Dialogic Exchange
Chapter Six: Reading Cultural Identity Literature with a GREEN APPLE Guide
Chapter Seven: Pause and Ponder Moments
Appendix: Annotated List of Cultural Identity Literature
About the Author

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