Culturally Relevant Literature & Across the Curriculum Standards
This curriculum has been based on Common Core Standards for grades K-2 and 3-5. Common Core Anchor Standards for English/Language Arts state that students must read both widely and deeply. The literature within the lesson plans and the included book list will give teachers the opportunity to increase both the depth and width their students are reading. Understanding diverse texts will help students in a variety of ways, from gaining cultural knowledge to increasing understanding of literary elements. We posit that a focus on culturally relevant literature will increase student understanding of others and lead to a more compassionate classroom environment thus leading to the development of more compassionate global citizens in the future.