Date of Award/Publication

Spring 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

MS in Literacy Education



First Supervisor

Gloria E. Jacobs


In order to empower students as readers, teachers need to provide them with culturally relevant literature that they can see themselves in. Educators first need to be made aware of culturally relevant literature, to make it available to their students. important, and ways to use it during instruction. This paper looks at the components of culturally relevant literature, why using it in the classroom is The action research that followed taught two classroom teachers how to identify culturally relevant literature, and it was brought to their attention that all students regardless of their culture need exposure to diversity. At the end of the study, both participants articulated that they would now consider culturally relevant criteria when buying books for their classroom libraries.

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