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Some Resources for teaching Critical Literacy

Tamir Rice. 12 years old.

Some Resources for teaching Critical Literacy

November 24, 2014  |  Culture, Teaching  |  34 Comments

…so Mary and I are at it again. We’ve spent the last year lifetime thinking about kids and their reading. One of the things that Mary often says is that our profession spends too much time preparing kids for other English classes and not enough time preparing children to read the beauty and complexity in their own lives. That complexity is delivered by the second — media, friendships, adolescence, family, school, and community all communicate with a gravity that can steamroll children who are not armed with the critical tools to analyze, critique, and to question.

Avoiding hard topics — gender, race, class — has never been an option for us.

This has been especially resonant for me as I watch my young ones wait for a grand jury to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Or as I consider the weight of Akai Gurley on Thursday or Tamir Rice on Sunday. (And that’s just this weekend.) How do I help the students that I serve to process these things on Tuesday?

We’re leading a study group today that looks at the last 18 months in media, specifically Hip hop, and we’ll be practicing how to use it as path to critical reading and thinking.