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Family Life

  • Altar-ing Family Communication: The Shrine/Altar Project in the Family Communication Course
    This paper describes an assignment originally designed for a course in family communication now being taught at the upper undergraduate level at a state university in the southwestern United States. The shrine, the project/assignment described in the paper, combines locally relevant cultural traditions which are broadly applicable with course concepts such as defining families; family stories and meaning making; family themes; rituals and traditions; family rules and roles, and so forth.
  • At Home with Multicultural Adolescent Literature
    Presents 24 brief annotations of recent fiction for adolescents that focus on the roles that homes play in the diverse cultures in the United States. Lists eight suggested activities for exploring the role of home in young adult and other literature.
  • Culture and Family-Centered Practice. FRC Report, 1995-1996
    This double issue of the "Family Resource Coalition Report" contains 13 articles focusing on culture and family-centered practice, along with a resource section listing organizations, trainers, consultants, and publications.
  • Family Stories
    Argues that family stories encourage students to learn more about their heritage, acquire and refine literacy skills, and develop greater respect for the multicultural differences that make the students unique. Discusses starting with children's literature, collecting stories, sharing aloud, preserving the stories through writing, and celebrating authorship.
  • What Is Good Multicultural Children's Literature and How Do We Critique It? Distinguishing between Image and Value
    Multicultural literature is one good way to raise children's awareness of diversity, but how does one decide what constitutes "good" multicultural children's literature? Most any book can be critiqued from numerous perspectives: first and foremost is the book's literary quality--plot, character development, setting, themes, and style; of secondary importance is the author's and/or illustrator's handling of a particular social issue, such as gender or cultural depictions of the characters.