Beyond the Single Story: Utilizing Cluster Texts to Celebrate Diversity
Keywords:cluster texts, intertextuality, viewpoints, diverse literature
This article investigates the advantages of incorporating cluster texts in educational settings to present a variety of viewpoints. The discussion begins by examining the reasons behind choosing picturebooks, followed by introducing the concepts of intertextuality and cluster texts. The significance of students' ability to connect with the texts is highlighted. The article then introduces three carefully curated cluster text sets, developed with consideration for classroom observations and students' requirements: 1) laying the groundwork and the school experience; 2) highlighting unsung heroes and overcoming obstacles; 3) showcasing diverse family structures and experiences. Each set features an in-depth analysis of a primary text, accompanied by a table outlining supplementary books within the cluster. The article wraps up with a summary of key insights on the subject matter.