Recognizing and Validating Students’ Native Languages
CALEC Bulletin #60 - By expressing that students cannot take pride in themselves until they can take pride in their language, Anzaldúa encourages educators to accept their students' unique qualities
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“I am my language. Until I can take pride in my language, I cannot take pride in myself.” With these words, the noted scholar Gloria Anzaldúa challenges educators to affirm and accept a student’s unique characteristics, to accept the language variety the student brings from home, and to build on and honor their linguistic heritage.
Rose Alone by Sheila Flynn DeCosse, a historical novel for teens, touches on an episode in history that is little explored by literature for young readers: the mass deportation by English forces in 1755 of thousands of Acadians, French-speaking families who lived in farming communities in Nova Scotia.
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Deana Sobel Lederman has the gift of writing for children with warmth and clarity and charm. Her drawings are the perfect counterpoint to her writing and in their simplicity bring to mind Jean de Brunhoff. – Victoria Roberts, New Yorker Cartoonist
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