Critical Literacy as Resistance: Problematizing Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in Secondary Schools
What does a critical literacy classroom look like? Is critical literacy possible in today's world of standardized tests? How do secondary teachers use literacy to help students recognize power and privilege? In this workshop, the presenters will share the ways they have used literacy as a vehicle for social justice in the high school classroom. Grounded in post-structural theory (Foucault, 2000; Giroux, 1983) and critical pedagogy (Freire), the methods will include using print and non-print texts such as literature, media, textbooks, and art in order to problematize such constructs as race, gender, class, and sexuality. The purpose is to show educators and policty makers the possiblities of teaching critical literacy with teenagers using both canonical and non-traditional texts.
Keywords: Critical Literacy, Social Justice, Secondary Education
Dr. Laraine Wallowitz
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Robert Linne