Open Access Graduate Research Paper
In his 1987 book, Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to know E. D. Hirsch, Jr. contended that current elementary textbooks contain very little of the traditional literature which students need to know. For this research, nine elementary reading/literature textbook series were analyzed for their use of seven types of traditional literature: fable, fairy tale, folktale, legend, myth, nursery rhyme, and tall tale. It was found that less than ten percent of the reading selections in the selected textbook series would fit the criteria to be considered traditional literature entries. Furthermore, it was found that, in the selected series, textbooks for students in grades four through six have fewer or equal traditional literature selections than do textbooks for students in grades one through three.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
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©1994 Linda Neilsen
Neilsen, Linda, "Aspects of Cultural Literacy in Elementary Reading/Literature Textbooks" (1994). Graduate Research Papers. 3891.