The workbook and journal industry is exploding as people find a multitude of ways to supplement their academic engagement while learning online. Designed to be a companion text to Turning the Page: The Ultimate Guide for Teachers to Multicultural Literature, this book offers a nonjudgmental space where educators can take an introspective dive into their feelings about multiculturalism in the effort to generate a list of multicultural books appropriate for schools. In an educator’s journey toward building a multicultural library including books that celebrate individuality, finding quality, bias-free, multicultural literature is paramount. In Turning the Page: A Guide to Securing Multicultural Literature for Schools, readers can practice concepts found in the first Turning the Page book. With charts and tables that illustrate the history of multicultural literature and the positive impact it has on society, this workbook is part history textbook and part journal. Also included are spaces where readers can write down ideas from the book that inspire them while completing worksheets and self-surveys that examine the core of their belief system. Organized in short paragraphs, the information is easily digestible to keep readers engaged with the work of building a multicultural library where students can see themselves.
Rachel Slaughter is an author, reading diagnostician, and syndicated columnist. Her research, which explores multicultural literature in private schools through the lens of Critical Pedagogy, has received praise from audiences at national and international conferences and earned Dr. Slaughter recognition in the world of multicultural literature.
Chapter 1. Multicultural Literature in the Classroom: The Beginning
Chapter 2. Multicultural Literature: The Foundation of a Multicultural Education Program
Chapter 3. Critical Literacy and Multicultural Literature
Chapter 4. Generating a List of Multicultural Books
Chapter 5. Creating a Task Force
Chapter 6. The Multicultural Summer Reading List
Chapter 7. The Task Force Meets Resistance and Bias
Chapter 8. Normalizing Multiculturalism
Chapter 9. The Key Takeaways: From a Student’s Perspective
Chapter 10. The Role of Multicultural Young Adult Literature in Curating an Antiracist Secondary English Curriculum
Definitions of Terms
About the Author
Turning the Page: A Guide to Securing Multicultural Literature for Schools is a gamechanger for change agents in the public school system at the school, district, and state level. Dr. Slaughter’s workbook includes rubrics and suggested texts that systematically lay out the process for incorporating multicultural literacy into a curriculum. I can now use the tools, tips, and strategies from the workbook to help our diverse committees be more successful in our development of a multicultural curriculum that will allow the students of Louisiana’s public school system to feel represented in the texts they encounter.
Dr. Slaughter, a relationship-first educator, sees herself as a part of the American Quilt and desires to ensure all students see themselves in the beautiful tapestry, frayed spots and all, that is America. Kudos to Dr. Slaughter, who has created a workbook that demonstrates the essential nature of multiculturalism in literacy instruction and offers the reader a roadmap that provides opportunities for self-reflection, which supports one in growing in comfort and competency regarding sharing multicultural literacy effectively in the classroom setting. Educators will walk away from this text prepared to enter the world of literacy instruction; their experience will transform students.
Dr. Slaughter provides tangible actions designed to create opportunity, conversation, and steps for every educator to examine their own practices and philosophies related to multicultural education and a pathway to authentically integrate multicultural literature within the learning environment. Finally, a meaningful, timely, and clearly defined roadmap to integrating multicultural literature and learning experiences within the fabric of today’s classrooms.