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Critical Literacy

streaming video and podcast download availableWebcast: November 29, 2007

Today's students live in the information age. They are bombarded with vast amounts of information in a variety of forms and must become critical consumers and users of information in order to be successful in school and beyond. Critical literacy allows students to be active and challenging participants as they respond to texts of all types. It provides students with a lens through which to look critically at written, visual, spoken, multimedia, and performance texts, to challenge the intent and content, and to get the most enjoyment and deepest meaning out of text.

In relation to classroom practice, students' learning experiences must help them to assume a critical stance when responding to or creating texts. They need to discover how texts are constructed and how they work. Students need to understand what texts are attempting to do and they need to move toward taking an active, meaning-making position with regard to texts.

This webcast will explore what critical literacy is, why it is essential, and what it might look like in an elementary classroom.

This webcast is intended to promote professional dialogue and positive action toward improving student achievement. The following questions may be considered to focus and guide the dialogue:

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Critical Literacy

Length: 41 minutes
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What are critical literacies?

  • Classroom environment
  • Explicit teaching
  • Time for interaction

Length: 5 minutes
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Student Engagement

  • Deconstructing texts
  • Accountable talk
  • Reflection
  • Taking a stand

Length: 4 minutes
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Texts of all Types

  • Multi-media texts
  • Relevant
  • Age/interest appropriate
  • Cross-curricular

Length: 2 minutes
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Assessment and Instruction

  • Ongoing assessment
  • Power of language
  • Think-aloud
  • Varied groupings

Length: 5 minutes
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Loaded Language

  • Shared reading
  • Vocabulary building
  • Reading / writing connection

Length: 6 minutes
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High-Yield Strategies

  • Dialogue
  • Various groupings
  • Jigsaw
  • Tableau
  • Photo essay

Length: 7 minutes
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Critical literacies for All Ages

  • Creative / critical literacies
  • Questioning
  • Grade 2 classroom
  • Four Resources Model
  • Metacognition

Length: 11 minutes
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Dr. Annette Woods, Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Australia

Length: 14 minutes
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Dr. Allan Luke, Professor, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Length: 5 minutes
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Jim Burke, Author and teacher, Burlingame, California

Length: 40 minutes
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Additional Materials

Additional Viewing Organizer DOC

Anticipation Guide DOC

Critical Literacy Lesson Plans PDF

Critical Literacy: What Is It, and What Does It Look Like in Elementary Classrooms? PDF

School Talk, Volume 6, Number 3, April 2001. Issue Theme: Critical Literacy: What Is It, and What Does It Look Like in Elementary Classrooms? Edited by Joanne Hindley Salch and Marino, Co-Editors. Vivian Vasquez, Guest Editor. Copyright 2001 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Posted with permission.

"I Noticed, This Means, So What?" DOC

Key Concepts of Critical Literacy PDF

Key Messages Organizer DOC

"Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like" DOC

Questions to Promote Critical Literacy PDF

Viewer's Guide PDF

What Pokemon Can Teach Us about Learning and Literacy PDF

What Pokemon Can Teach Us about Learning and Literacy by Vivian Vasquez, Language Arts, Volume 81, Number 2, November 2003. Copyright 2003 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Posted with permission.

Additional articles that are relevant to the topic of critical literacy can be found at www.ncte.org


Featuring:

photo of David Boothphoto of Jim Burkephoto of Dr. Allan Lukephoto of Annette Woods

photo of Marianne Prosykphoto of Ken Pettigrewphoto of Julie Stanleyphoto of Maria Jose Botelho

David Booth, professor emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto
Jim Burke, author and teacher, Burlingame, California
Dr. Allan Luke, professor, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Dr. Annette Woods, lecturer, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Australia
Marianne Prosyk, teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ken Pettigrew, consultant, Toronto District School Board
Julie Stanley, teacher, Toronto District School Board
Maria Jos╚ Botelho, assistant professor, OISE/UT

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