Let's take a walk down nostalgia road. I want you to think back to your high school years in an English classroom. I know, you've probably tried to permanently erase any memories of those never ending essays from your memory, but bear with me here. Do you remember any of the novels, short stories, or poetry that you studied? Because I do. It was a different Shakespeare play every year of high school, Fifth Business, The Great Gatsby, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
I have been a teacher for a mere two years now, but I nonetheless picked up on the lack of variety when it comes to the literature typically covered in Ontario High School English classes. Due to a lack of resources or even a lack of knowledge among teachers, there is very little representation of Non-Western (i.e. Western Europe, Ancient Greece, North America) writers and with that, a lack of Non-Western plot lines or settings.
As a teacher, I do believe that I should strive to incorporate as inclusive lessons as possible for my students, and this means an effort to ensure that my students see themselves represented in the literature and resources provided in the class.
And, voilà. This is the ultimate goal of this website: To provide a multicultural resource bank of literature for English teachers. The tabs above contain a multitude of literary works by a variety of authors. Each tab is a different continent; each literary work is added to a specific continent depending on the setting of the story, or the nationality of the author. Also, as an added bonus, you will find several links to lesson and activity ideas for some of the literature provided!
Welcome to Multicultural Literacy
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Want to make an addition to the List?
This is Part 1 of 5 of RIF's (Reading is Fundamental) launch of Multicultural Book Collection. This video series also discusses the importance of Multicultural and Multimedia Education. Check it out!