1st Edition

Critical Literacy Across the K-6 Curriculum

By Vivian Maria Vasquez Copyright 2017
    230 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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




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