critical literacy

  powerpoint.jpg I hope that my journey of developing Common Core-aligned units that combine academic literacy instruction with civic inquiry has inspired you to think how you could develop your own civic literacy units/projects. I am attaching a PowerPoint presentation that I’ve used during my workshops with UCLA Writing Project teachers that I encourage you to...
our america.jpeg I returned to high school English teaching after five years of graduate study focused on researching the connections between literacy instruction and civic engagement. One of the most transformative experiences I had while out of the classroom was the opportunity to lead a youth participatory action research (YPAR) program called the UCLA...
IMG_0350.JPG Asking teachers to consider incorporating ‘civic education’ into their practice can sound quite stressful, particularly when they are already overwhelmed with trying to impart to students the required knowledge and skills in their subject areas. Civic learning can very easily be viewed as one more thing piled on top of the countless other valuable...
_DSC5147.jpg   Two of the major purposes of high school classes, according to the Common Core Literacy Standards, are college and career readiness; indeed, these two purposes are mentioned together in the document so often that they are provided with a special acronym – CCR standards. The six-paragraph introduction to the literacy standards refers to the goals of...
Thanks to a growing chorus of outspoken scholars and educators, our current discourse on English education is ripe with calls for critical literacy and engaged pedagogy; for English classrooms that base academic literacy on what students already know and then move toward the yet unknown, that have burst the constraints on how we define a text, that see educators as conductors of light,...
The Urban Word Live program represents the very first time that we have live-streamed a workshop from Urban Word to the WORLD. Urban Word Live caters not only to teens who cannot make it in person to attend the workshop but also to those who wish to engage in writing and performance activities at their leisure. This experience, we've found, gives teens a "pressure free" environment behind the...
  TL;DR version: By employing a critical literacy perspective to "making" and Connected Learning, teachers and students can engage in activism & cyberactivism for the purposes of understanding and critiquing societal issues.   In the second week of the Mozilla #teachtheweb MOOC we have been asked to consider Connected Learning in practice. The three principles of Connected Learning state that...
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This method of teaching comes from Paulo Friere, a Brazilian educator and theorist we have been reading in our E401 Teaching Reading class are Colorado State University. Now, we will not be going into extraneous detail about Critical Literacy (Here's a paper Nick Bonnet wrote if you want to get more information on it: Critical Literacy.docx). We will simply outline some of the core beliefs, and...
 by Chelsea Geier, Nick Bonnet, and Fairon Bleam When thinking about the question of what literacy is, it is important to define the elements of the “traditionally” literate student. Literacy has for a long time meant “the ability to read and write." Technically, this encompasses 4 main elements for reading and writing skills: Phonology: the ability to recognize and reproduce speech sounds....
Taking it to the authorship stage by making comics was clearly valuable.  Their written reflections demonstrated the creativity and insight they used in making the comics.  What on the surface might look like hastily drawn comics now look like thoughtful first drafts, or thumbnails.  I would love to see what they could create with more than one day to make the comics. Also, as I watched my...

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