Toward a Literacy of Promise examines popular assumptions about literacy and challenges readers to question how it has been used historically both to empower and to oppress. The authors offer an alternative view of literacy-a "literacy of promise"-that charts an emancipatory agenda for literacy instructional practices in schools. Weaving together critical perspectives on pedagogy, language, literature, and popular texts, each chapter provides an in-depth discussion that illuminates how a literacy of promise can be realized in schools and classrooms.
About the Author
Linda A. Spears-Bunton is Associate Professor of English Education and an affiliated faculty member in African New World Studies at Florida International University, Miami, Florida.
Rebecca Powell currently serves as Dean of Education at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, where she has taught since 1993. She holds the Marjorie Bauer Stafford Endowed Professorship and was awarded the Cawthorne Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003.
Table of Contents
Foreword Lisa Delpit ix Preface xiii
1 Introduction Rebecca Powell 1 Questions for Discussion 16 Part I Problems and Promises 21
2 Along the Road to Social Justice: A Literacy of Promise Linda A. Spears-Bunton Rebecca Powell 23 Questions for Discussion 38
3 "Unbanking" Education: Exploring Constructs of Knowledge, Teaching, Learning Letitia Hochstrasser Fickel 41 Questions for Discussion 55
4 Resistance, Reading, Writing, and Redemption: Defining Moments in Literacy and the Law Sherman G. Helenese Linda A. Spears-Bunton Kimberly L. Bunton 57 Questions for Discussion 75 Part II Realizing a Literacy of Promise through Literary Texts 79
5 "Educational, Controversial, Provocative, and Personal": Three African American Adolescent Males Reflect on Critically Framing A Lesson Before Dying Julia Johnson Connor Arlette Ingram Willis 81 Questions for Discussion 102
6 The Obscured White Voice in the Multicultural Debate: Race, Space and Gender Linda A. Spears-Bunton 105 Questions for Discussion 121 Part III Realizing a Literacy of Promise through Oral and Popular Texts 125
7 Ebonics and the Struggle for Cultural Voice in U. S. Schools Ira Kincade Blake 127 Questions for Discussion 147
8 The Potential of Oral Literacy for Empowerment Jessica S. Bryant 151 Questions for Discussion 163
9 Voices of Our Youth: Antiracist Social Justice Theater Arts Makes a Difference in the Classroom Karen B. McLean Donaldson 165 Questions for Discussion 182
10 The Promise of Critical Media Literacy Rebecca Powell 185 Questions for Discussion 196 Contributors 199 Index 203