1st Edition

Teaching Global Literature in Elementary Classrooms A Critical Literacy and Teacher Inquiry Approach

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    Demonstrating the power of teaching global literature from a critical literacy perspective, this book explores the ways that K-6 educators can infuse diverse texts into their classrooms and find support for their endeavours in teacher inquiry communities. Through carefully analyzed, ethnographically informed portraits of classroom life alternating with teachers’ own accounts of their teaching and learning experiences, it demonstrates how students are moved to question, debate, and take action in response to global texts. This multi-vocal work both emerges from and responds to tensions and debates related to the purpose and practice of literature education in a time of Common Core State Standards.



    Perspectives as Transformation

    Kathy G. Short




    Chapter 1

    Introduction: Global Visions, Local Inquiries

    Kelly K. Wissman

    Chapter 2

    Reading Global Literature as Emergent Global Citizens: Mirrors, Windows, Doors, and Maps

    Kelly K. Wissman

    Chapter 3

    Re-Envisioning English as a New Language Teaching with Global Literature

    Heather O’Leary

    Chapter 4

    Reading Global Literature about War: The Role of Emotion in Constructing Meaning

    Kelly K. Wissman

    Chapter 5

    Re-Envisioning the Role of the Literacy Specialist as Collaborating Teacher

    Krista Jiampetti

    Chapter 6

    Learning in the Inquiry Community: A Letter to Krista

    Heather O’Leary

    Chapter 7

    Learning in the Inquiry Community: A Letter to Heather

    Krista Jiampetti

    Chapter 8

    Reading Global Literature at the Intersection of Critical Literacy and Dialogic Teaching

    Kelly K. Wissman


    Chapter 9

    Re-Envisioning Critical Literacy Teaching with Global Literature in Culturally Homogenous Settings

    Simeen Tabatabai


    Chapter 10

    Re-Envisioning Reading Intervention as Social Action

    Maggie Naughter Burns

    Chapter 11

    Learning in the Inquiry Community: A Letter to Maggie

    Simeen Tabatabai

    Chapter 12

    Learning in the Inquiry Community: A Letter to Simeen

    Maggie Naughter Burns

    Chapter 13

    Engaging in Local Inquiries and Cultivating Global Visions: What Did We Learn?

    Kelly K. Wissman

    Chapter 14

    Teaching Critically with Global Texts: Insights for Teacher Preparation and Professional Learning

    Cheryl L. Dozier




    Peter H. Johnston


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    Kelly W. Wissman is an Associate Professor of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany, USA.

    Maggie Naughter Burns is a Reading Specialist at Delaware Community School, Albany, NY, USA.

    Krista Jiampetti is a Literacy Facilitator at Lisha Kill Middle School, Albany, NY, USA.

    Heather O’Leary is a teacher of English as a New Language in the Schenectady City School District, Schenectady, New York, USA.

    Simeen Tabatabai is a Reading Teacher at Southgate Elementary School, Albany, NY, USA.