In this article, the author suggests that teachers can create culturally relevant learning experiences by creating a diverse classroom library, using culturally diverse literature for their read-alouds, and adding literature circles as a routine for literacy instruction. Literature circles around diverse books offer students opportunities to discuss texts and expand their meaning-making and comprehension skills. The article provides readers with a guide, resources, and education research in doing so effectively to support culturally diverse learners’ literacy development through meaningful and authentic approaches.

Author Bio

Amber Lawson is a doctoral student at Michigan State University with an interest in literacy and urban education. She is interested in making foundational literacy culturally responsive and sustaining for culturally diverse primary-grade students. She is also interested in supporting elementary teachers in implementing culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies to provide culturally diverse students with more equitable education opportunities.



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