Empathy in Response to Diverse Children’s Literature in a Fifth Grade Classroom
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This action research study examined how fifth grade students in a predominantly white community respond to children's literature that includes members of diverse communities. Following a piece of diverse children's literature read aloud, students had purposeful discussions and completed reflective journals that aimed to promote the building of empathy. This study analyzed the impact this process had on students' empathy. Findings indicate that reading, discussing, and reflecting on diverse children's literature does impact empathy, making exposure to other cultural groups through literature important for teachers to do. This study also showed an increase in cultural awareness.
M.S.E., Reading Specialist