Genre-Based Strategies to Promote Critical Literacy in Grades 4-8, 1st Edition

  • Danielle E. Hartsfield
  • Sue C. Kimmel
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1440863172
  • ISBN-13: 9781440863172
  • DDC: 370.15
  • 192 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released January 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This book provides strategies and lesson plans with additional resources and tools for school librarians and teachers to engage middle grade students in reading children's literature through a critical literacy lens. To be critically literate readers and thinkers, students must learn to question what they read, asking themselves who wrote the text, why the text was written, and how the text positions its readers and others. Teaching students how to read from a critical literacy stance is a timely and relevant practice in a world in which text is available instantly and on nearly any mobile device. In many cases, preparation programs for school librarians and teachers do not teach candidates how to incorporate critical literacy practices in library and classroom settings. This book provides both pre-service and in-service school librarians and teachers with that professional development and guidance for teaching critical literacy in children's literature courses.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: What Is Critical Literacy?.
2: Informational Books.
3: Examining Multiple Perspectives with Multimodal Text Sets (Lesson Plan).
4: Narrative Nonfiction and Biographies.
5: Close Reading and Analyzing Word Choice in Narrative Nonfiction (Lesson Plan).
6: Historical Fiction.
7: Pairing Texts to Expand Perspectives (Lesson Plan).
8: Contemporary Realistic Fiction.
9: Making Disconnections in Literature Circles (Lesson Plan).
10: Fantasy.
11: Unpacking Social Identities and Norms through Character Study (Lesson Plan).
12: Picture Books.
13: Using Asynchronous Discussion to Unpack Visual Messages (Lesson Plan).
14: Graphic Novels.
15: Reframing and Rewriting the Story from Alternate Perspectives (Lesson Plan).
Author/Title Index: Recommended Books for Grades 4–8.
Subject Index.
About the Authors.