Encouraging Critical Literacy

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Encouraging Critical Literacy

  1. 1. Encouraging Critical Literacy
  2. 2. What Does It Mean To Be A Critical Reader? <ul><li>Be actively engaged in text </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an understanding of the author’s ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze and question the ideas and arguments presented </li></ul><ul><li>Read between the lines </li></ul><ul><li>Develop your own opinion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Goals Of Critical Literacy <ul><li>Understand the voice and persuasive elements of the text </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to become involved in what is being read </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the author’s purpose </li></ul><ul><li>To recognize BIAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is Bias? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Frequently Used Teacher Comprehension Assessment Strategies: <ul><li>Multiple choice questions </li></ul><ul><li>True or false </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary work </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Negative? <ul><li>Easy to grade, but not challenging or fun </li></ul><ul><li>Do not encourage active reading </li></ul>
  6. 6. Active Reading Enables Students To Interact With Text
  7. 7. Teachers play role of facilitator and students take the lead
  8. 8. Encourages readers to voice and discuss their opinions
  9. 9. Questions To Help Develop Critical/Active Reading Skills <ul><li>Where and when was the text written? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was it written? </li></ul><ul><li>What is it about? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the genre? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the text addressed to? Why do you think the author wrote this? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questions To Help Develop Critical/Active Reading Skills <ul><li>What kind of voice is the author using? Is there a persuasive tone? </li></ul><ul><li>Formal vs. informal? </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the illustrations…what do they say? </li></ul><ul><li>How does the story make you feel? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there gender issues to address? What is the boy/girl like? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you see any stereotypes? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Assessing Comprehension: Questions To Ask <ul><li>Can you connect this story to something you know? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the main idea of this story? </li></ul><ul><li>What is this story REALLY about? </li></ul>

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