Increasing Engagement by Using Culturally Responsive Curriculum

♪[theme music] So the next section is going to be an
interview. It’s a primary text. So you guys know from social studies a primary
text is when we are talking from someone who was really there. A
document from the actual time. And so this is an actual interview of
real people who were living through this at the time. So this is a primary text. So
we’re going to be gathering information from this primary text and kind of learning and
analyzing what was happening in-in their perspective. Culturally responsive curriculum is the
ability to take the cultures and people of your community and insert it directly into
the curriculum that you are teaching. It’s helping your students find
identity in their education. Cultural responsive curriculum is inclusion.
You include everyone as a part of your community into your curriculum often and its
a regular day-thing. It happens every day where your community and
your curriculum become one. Farm
workers, unfortunately, where considered just another uh… item in producing…products like fertilizer or
boxes or water. I want you-I want you to analyze what he
just said. I want you to-a scholar takes time to ponder. A scholar thinks.
Remember? We’re going to use our scholarly attributes.
A scholar takes time to ponder. Think about the implications
of what he just said: That the farm workers
were just another tool… You and your group are going to be coming
up with a central idea of the text. The text was our video. We had a lot of data
out of this data. A lot of information. And so we’re going to bring it together
and we are going to synthesize that into a central idea. Well right now we are looking at informational
text and we’re looking at finding the central idea. And that’s RL 81 and I’m
really focusing on RL 86 which talks a lot about the author’s point of view. And so when
you’re looking at author’s point of view, you can use whatever author you want.
And so as a teacher I always look for opportunities of how can I put my
students into this. How can I make RL 86 reflect my classroom. How can I make SL 82
when they are trying to connect ideas reflect my students. So they are
not just learning a standard; they’re not just learning that language,
but they’re learning it connected to something that’s really
going to draw them in. [student speaking] …she
had a lot to worry about. So this is a really rigorous text, there’s
going to be a lot of tough vocabulary. So I want you to take two minutes to
familiarize yourself with some of the words To find and underline or put question
marks next to one’s you don’t know. Try and pronounce them to yourself
so we can get comfortable with them. I’m just going to give you two and a half
minutes and I want you to take a moment to kind of get through some
of those rigorous readings. So we’re going to go ahead and get into the
academic part of this. We are going to really dig into the reading. Do I have a
volunteer who would like to read paragraph one? It’s not one of the tougher ones. Do you
want to read paragraph one for me sir? The origin term of Chicano is unclear,
however some experts believe that the word originated from an improper pronunciation
or slang version of Mexicano. Conse-consequently the user would-the user
was viewed by middle class Mexicans or Mexican Americans as uneducated, poor,
and probably quote unquote Indian. A per-per-per
[teacher] pejorative. pejorative appellation from
those of Mexican origin… I need my students at all
levels to struggle a little bit because it’s not just about learning
about the Chicano movement. It’s not just about that. It’s about
how many ways can I push them. How many ways can I make my students better.
I’m going to make you a better reader at the same time as making you learn the
standards, at the same time as making you a better person all in the same lesson. And
that’s the beauty of culturally responsive curriculum because it ties well into all
of those pieces with the whole student. The primary injustice was the fact that
they didn’t receive, like-they didn’t receive the right education that they should have.
Like only 25 percent of the high schoolers actually graduated, and that they
didn’t-they had to work outside. I put the author’s point of view on primary
injustices leveled against Mexican Americans during that period of time… was economics and getting
treated unfairly. It is so important for students to
intrinsically value their education. And there is no better way for them to
find that value is to see themselves as a part of it. So if I can get you to belong in education
by inserting you into it and inserting everything about your lifestyle into it,
then I’ve got you. And I can keep you in education because now education is more
to you then just reading, it’s more to you than just worksheets and assignments.
Education is now a doorway that you get to learn about yourself,
express yourself, share yourself, and learn and express everyone in the
world that you really live in. And that is extremely powerful. When I was reading this it was saying how
it-it’s education was quite-was really poor. And it got me reminding of how back to my
family when my-when back to my dad he didn’t get to make it through school.
He only made through sixth grade and then he just left there. And my mom, she only made it through
middle school and then, like…. whoa. That’s just-just wow. How only-how only that much and yet here
I am making it through middle school. ♪[theme music]

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