Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Teacher Education


Liberal Studies Education

First Advisor

Browning Neddeau


The purpose of this paper is to establish the importance of cultural-representation in schools where the majority of the students identify as Latino. The participants for the Capstone Project included a classroom of third-grade students in a public elementary school located on California’s Central Coast. The supporting literature provides additional information on why incorporating culturally-relevant literature is needed. The issue is what books are available to the students that talk about their culture. By providing culturally-relevant books to students in the classroom in hopes to promote a more positive relationship with reading and a personal relationship with attending school. For the project portion of this paper a lesson plan was made with one book that explained family values and traditions. As a future teacher this work contributes to my career by reassuring what an important impact culturally-relevant literature can do to help improve a classroom experience.