Six Tips for Using Culturally Relevant Texts in Diverse Classrooms

Kristin Kibler, Lindsey A. Chapman

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The use of culturally relevant texts can support students’ reading development, foster a love of reading, help students form positive identities, and broaden their social consciousness. Well-matched culturally relevant texts have particular promise in increasingly diverse classrooms. Drawing on the academic literature and their experience as teachers and literacy coaches, the authors present six tips for the effective use of culturally relevant texts. Tips and suggestions for practice focus on teachers examining their positionality, creating a safe learning environment, learning about their students’ backgrounds, selecting texts that are culturally relevant, creating transformative reading experiences, and extending beyond the text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-744
Number of pages4
JournalReading Teacher
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • 2-Childhood
  • 3-Early adolescence
  • 4-Adolescence
  • Critical literacy < Theoretical perspectives
  • First, second, etc., culture (C1, C2, etc.) < Language learners
  • Instructional strategies; methods and materials
  • Language learners
  • Literature
  • Multicultural literature
  • Prior knowledge < Comprehension
  • Selection criteria < Literature
  • Theoretical perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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