Have you ever wondered if it is worth the effort to learn enough about the literature of other cultures to teach it effectively? Do the administrators and parents challenge you when you suggest expanding the curriculum to be more inclusive?
Here’s a set of slides presented to a wide range of audiences and at several workshops that describe the challenges, opportunities, and value of teaching multicultural literature. Once you view it, please take the plunge and broaden the literary and cultural experiences of the students you teach by incorporating the literature of as many different ethnic and nationalities as you can. Choose literature that serves both as windows and mirrors for the students you teach.