Famous African American Scientists: Recommended Books for Young People (Report)
Journal of African Children's and Youth Literature 2010, Annual, 19-20
Journal of African Children's and Youth Literature
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Introduction The value of improving literacy while teaching science content has far reaching effects. Using powerful biographies to teach students about famous African American scientists creates opportunities to increase student reading and writing skills. Furthermore, students will be able to relate multicultural literature to science and make connection between American history and science. Biographies can be a powerful way to transform the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum (Bamford & Kristo, 1998). With high-quality biographies, diverse students can become acquainted with the dreams, struggles and successes of actual individuals who may look just like them. These books can inspire historically underserved young people and provide relatable role models. This article contains several annotated bibliographies for young people, particularly African American children and young adults. These bibliographies also include instructional applications (Stagliano, & Boon, 2009). Some of these books received Newbery or Caldecott Medals. Some have been recognized by Coretta Scott King Award sponsored by the American Library Association, the Orbis Pictus Award by the National Council of Social Studies and/or the Carter G. Woodson Award. Instructors are encouraged to keep these awards in mind when attempting to make the STEM curriculum more culturally responsive and affirmative (Lovedahl, & Bricker, 2006).
- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: Jan 01, 2010
- Publisher: Journal of African Children's and Youth Literature
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 17 Pages
- Language: English