Becoming Political: Readings and Writings in the Politics of Literacy Education

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Literacy education is political. Decisions about goals, instruction, and assessment are actually negotiations to determine whose values, interests, and beliefs will be validated at school. Becoming Political provides critiques on how race, social class, gender, and language play prominent roles in these negotiations, affirming or marginalizing different groups of students, and involving or alienating teachers from their work. Patrick Shannon details explicit plans of action to make literacy education more ...
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Overview

Literacy education is political. Decisions about goals, instruction, and assessment are actually negotiations to determine whose values, interests, and beliefs will be validated at school. Becoming Political provides critiques on how race, social class, gender, and language play prominent roles in these negotiations, affirming or marginalizing different groups of students, and involving or alienating teachers from their work. Patrick Shannon details explicit plans of action to make literacy education more equitable, with the hope that students and teachers might engage passionately in discussions on how they wish to live together, both in and out of school.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780435087012
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/20/1992
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Why Become Political? 1
Sect. 1 How is Literacy Defined?
1 Critical Literacy and Student Experience: Donald Graves' Approach to Literacy 15
2 What is Literacy? 21
3 Oral and Literate Traditions Among Black Americans Living in Poverty 29
4 Choosing Our Own Way: Subjectivity in the Literacy Classroom 42
What Is Read and Written?
5 Tale of a Reluctant Dragon 53
6 Happily Ever After 60
7 Overt and Covert Censorship of Children's Books 65
8 Inside the Classroom: Social Vision and Critical Pedagogy 72
9 Children's Understandings of Basal Readers 83
Sect. 3 Who Is Considered Literate?
10 On the Subjects of Class and Gender in "The Literacy Letters" 97
11 "Gimme Room": School Resistance, Attitude, and Access to Literacy 113
12 Reading Instruction and Social Class 128
13 Empowerment as a Pedagogy of Possibility 139
Sect. 4 How is Literacy Taught?
14 Toward a Pedagogy of Possibility in the Teaching of English Internationally: People's English in South Africa 155
15 Riverwest Neighbors Win New Fratney School 171
16 A Vision in Two Languages: Reflections on a Two-Way Bilingual Program 175
17 Commercial Reading Materials, a Technological Ideology, and the Deskilling of Teachers 182
18 Consensus and Difference in Collaborative Learning 208
Sect. 5 What Is Possible in Literacy Education?
19 Conversations with Parents: Talking about Literacy and Living 224
20 How It All Starts 234
21 Rethinking Whole Language: The Politics of Educational Change 238
22 A Rationale and Unit Plan for Introducing Gay and Lesbian Literature Into the Grade 12 Curriculum 250
23 Developing a Community of Learners Inside and Outside the Classroom 263
24 Opportunity Through Politics: The Game of Schooling 274
25 Out of the Straitjacket 286
Index 292
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