Socially Responsible Literacy: Teaching Adolescents for Purpose and Power

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This book offers a new vision for teaching literacy to adolescents that moves beyond reading for its own sake and toward reading as a way to motivate students to connect with their world. The authors draw on the voices of adolescent readers to discover how teachers can encourage their students to explore their identities, face injustices, and contribute to their communities. Readers learn how to incorporate the core issues of a socially responsible pedagogy into their own curricula to support strong literacy ...

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Overview

This book offers a new vision for teaching literacy to adolescents that moves beyond reading for its own sake and toward reading as a way to motivate students to connect with their world. The authors draw on the voices of adolescent readers to discover how teachers can encourage their students to explore their identities, face injustices, and contribute to their communities. Readers learn how to incorporate the core issues of a socially responsible pedagogy into their own curricula to support strong literacy skills across the content areas. Each chapter includes reflection questions that move the reader toward personal and professional development, along with classroom applications that provide specific strategies and ideas for engaging literacy projects. This dynamic book: Outlines a socially responsible pedagogy that will assist teachers in creating meaningful experiences to motivate even the most disengaged students, takes a critical approach to teaching and learning that recognizes the importance of explicitly addressing issues of power and identity, examines effective school-wide models that promote a climate of responsibility toward the larger society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807753729
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/2012
  • Series: Language & Literacy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 464,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Shirley Brice Heath xiii

Part I Toward a Socially Responsible Pedagogy

1 Adolescent Voices on Literacy and Power 3

Contextualizing the Role of Literacy 4

The History of Literacy: Positioning and Purpose 5

Goals of Literacy and Schooling in Society Today 6

The Impetus for Change: Socially Responsible Pedagogy 7

The Intersection of Literacy, Power, and Identity 8

Listening to Adolescent Voices 11

Adolescents' Perception of Power in the School Context 16

Toward a Socially Responsible Pedagogy 19

Some Necessary Definitions 21

Reflection, Application, and Resources 23

2 A Socially Responsible Pedagogy of Adolescent Literacy 25

Toward a Definition 26

Theory 28

Framework 29

Reflection, Application, and Resources 34

Part II The Spirit of a Socially Responsible Pedagogy

3 Necessary Conditions, Rights, and Responsibilities 37

The Role of Adolescent Identity Development in Socially Responsible Learning 39

Developmental Approaches to Adolescent Identity 40

Using Developmental Theory to Inform the Socially Responsible Pedagogy 43

Issues in Constructing Identities 45

Rights and Responsibilities in the Socially Responsible Classroom 50

Reflection, Application, and Resources 54

4 Capacities for Nurturing Social Responsibility 56

Purpose of Public Schooling: Creating Socially Responsible Citizens 57

Workers and Citizens 59

Capacities for Sustaining a Socially Responsible Pedagogy 62

Reflection, Application, and Resources 68

Part III The Science and Art of a Socially Responsible Pedagogy

5 Testing and Assessment: What Are the Stakes? 73

High-Stakes Testing and Its Impact 74

The Historical Context of the Accountability Movement 76

Social, Economic, and Political Forces Affecting the Accountability Movement 78

Socially Responsible Literacy as Communities of Inquiry 81

Socially Responsible Assessments 82

Questions to Ask 87

Reflection, Application, and Resources 88

6 Taking Responsibility Through Learning Strategies 89

Defining Self-Regulated Learning in the Socially Responsible Setting 90

Understanding the Role of Self-regulated Learning for Social Responsibility 91

The Self-Regulated Learning Process 93

The Role of Goal Orientation and Self-Efficacy in Self-Regulated Learning 95

The Critical Need for Self-Regulated Learners 99

Reflection, Application, and Resources 100

7 Academic Language and the Discourses of Power 102

Sources of Capital that Shape Discourses of Power 103

Academic Literacy, Disciplinary Literacy, and Academic Language 104

Academic Language and Vocabulary 107

Finding Positive Academic Identity 109

Oral Discourse and Academic Identity Development 111

Reflection, Application, and Resources 114

8 Reading Powerfully 116

Becoming a Critical Reader 117

The Adolescent Literacy "Crisis" in Context 117

Changing Our Orientations to Literacy 120

Critical Literacy in the Socially Responsible Classroom 124

Planning and Teaching the Socially Responsible Reading Curriculum 126

Close Up or Far Away: Things to Consider in Selecting Between Approaches 130

Reflection, Application, and Resources 132

9 Writing to Create Change 134

A Critical Look at Contemporary Writing Instruction 135

Beyond Drill and Kill: Constructive Approaches to Writing 139

A Critical Literacy Orientation to Writing 144

Reflection, Application, and Resources 146

Conclusion 148

References 151

Index 177

About the Authors 194

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