Literature is a powerful tool for helping learners find their identities, read about people like and unlike themselves, and learn about and value the diversity within our borders and the world. To ensure learners’development as global citizens, we must move beyond comfort zones and the traditional canon to learn about and use literatures of our diverse populations. Hence, this paper presents rationale and strategies to provide learners with literary and cultural experiences that reflect diverse cultures. It stresses the use of diverse representations of text and the importance of providing activities and experiences that support diversity in terms of learning modalities, personal factors, socio-economic status, and geographical locations. As a result of engagement with this text, it is expected that readers will be motivated to (1) increase awareness of the powerful potential of diverse literatures; (2) use meaningful, relevant literatures to provide lived-through experiences; (3) select diverse works for canon and curriculum inclusion;(4) support diverse learning preferences; (5) empower pre-service educators to become purveyors of change; and (6) assist communities in
providing youths, future global leaders, with meaningful, literary and cultural experiences.
|Keywords:||Education, Diversity, Cultures, Literature, Multimodality, Teaching|
Associate Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
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