It's Critical!: Classroom Strategies for Promoting Critical and Creative Comprehension

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All text comes with layers of meaning influenced by the background, culture, identity, knowledge, and attitudes of both readers and writers. This practical book offers teachers model literacy events that identify and interpret the factors that readers and writers bring to text.

It's Critical! offers successful strategies for becoming caring mentors who support and encourage students as they explore a variety of text forms—from poems to novels, from primary source documents to ...

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Overview

All text comes with layers of meaning influenced by the background, culture, identity, knowledge, and attitudes of both readers and writers. This practical book offers teachers model literacy events that identify and interpret the factors that readers and writers bring to text.

It's Critical! offers successful strategies for becoming caring mentors who support and encourage students as they explore a variety of text forms—from poems to novels, from primary source documents to blogs, from art to inventions. Based on extensive classroom experience, this interpreting, problem-solving, discussing, presenting, composing, conducting inquiries, publishing reports, writing poems and scripts, critically examining issues and concerns, and reflecting on their learning.

This highly readable book features models of literacy practices from forty teachers. These best practices incorporate the wealth of material available to students in our modern world and illustrate powerful ways to deepen comprehension of all forms of communication.

• Book Talk—from establishing virtual literature circles to blogging our way into a novel study unit

• Graphic Texts—from deepening meaning through graphic texts to exploring character development through graphic novels

• Storytelling—from recognizing life stories as texts to mining the nursery rhyme

• Writing—from transforming text to a different form to involving classroom guests in novel ways

• Inquiry—from problem-solving with invented robots to promoting critical talk around mathematics

• The Arts—from creating texts with Plasticine to exploring symbolic ways of transcribing music

• Media—from using video production in the classroom to designing a Web page

This valuable resource explores the power of language and persuasion to help students critically examine and negotiate the underlying meanings in text, consider the purpose, and appreciate that each text represents a particular point of view.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551382289
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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