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1st Edition

Critical Literacy Across the K-6 Curriculum

ISBN 9781138188495
Published August 18, 2016 by Routledge
230 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Through stories from kindergarten to sixth grade classrooms where students and teachers have attempted to put a critical edge on their teaching, this book shows critical literacy in action across the curriculum. Readers see students and teachers together using critical literacy discourse to frame conversations in ways that engage students in examining the meaning of the texts they read and acting on local and global social issues that emerge.

Drawing on multiple perspectives such as cross-curricular explorations, multimedia, and child-centered inquiry pedagogies, the text features a theoretical toolkit; demonstrations from across the content areas including art, music, and media literacy; integration of technology; and attention to how critical literacy can inform decisions about standards and assessment. Annotated booklists, examples of students’ work, Reflection Questions, Try This (practical classroom strategies), and Resource Boxes can be used to encourage and support engaging in critical literacy work in different areas of the curriculum.

Table of Contents

Brief Contents

About the Author

About the Cover Art


Chapter 1: Teaching and Learning from a Critical Literacy Perspective

Chapter 2: Reading Critically

Chapter 3: Writing to Disrupt Inequities

Chapter 4: Critical Literacy and Mathematics Investigations

Chapter 5: Negotiating Critical Literacies Using Science Observations

Chapter 6: Critical Literacy and the Social Studies Curriculum

Chapter 7: Acting Out: Using Process Drama to Read Critically

Chapter 8: Getting Critical with Music

Chapter 9: Critical Literacy, Art and Everyday Popular Culture Texts

Chapter 10: Critical Media Literacy

Chapter 11: Critical Literacy and New Technologies

Chapter 12: Negotiating Spaces for Critical Literacies in Health and Physical Education

Chapter 13: Doing "Important Work"

Further Reading

Children’s Literature Cited



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Vivian Maria Vasquez is Professor, American University, School of Education, Teaching and Health, USA.