Doing Critical Literacy
Texts and Activities for Students and Teachers
To Be Published July 12th 2013 by Routledge – 166 pages
Compelling and highly engaging, this text shows teachers at all levels how to do critical literacy in the classroom and provides models for practice that can be adapted to any context. Integrating social theory and classroom practice, it brings critical literacy to life as a socio-cultural orientation to the teaching of literacy that takes seriously the relationship between language and power and orients readers to the social effects of texts. Students and teachers are drawn into the key questions critical readers need to pose of texts: Whose interests are served, who benefits, who is disadvantaged; who is included and who is excluded? The practical activities help readers grasp complex issues.
Extending the theoretical framework in Hilary Janks’ Literacy and Power with a rich range of completely new, up-to-date activities that translate theory into practice, Doing Critical Literacy is powerful, relevant, and useful for both pre- and in-service teacher education and for use in schools.
1. Language and position Hilary Janks 2. Identity and diversity Hilary Janks 3. Language and language varieties Kerryn Dixon 4. Grammar as a resource for critical literacy Hilary Janks 5. Critical visual literacy Ana Ferreira and Denise Newfield 6. Time, space and bodies Kerryn Dixon 7. Everyday texts Hilary Janks, Ana Ferreira and Stella Granville 8. Digital technologies Kerryn Dixon and Hilary Janks 9. Redesign - from critical awareness to social action Hilary Janks
Hilary Janks teaches English language literacy in the School of Education at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kerryn Dixon lectures Foundation phase students, in the School of Education at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ana Ferreira lectures in English in the School of Education at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Stella Granville has recently retired from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was a teacher and teacher educator for many years. Her research has been in the areas of critical literacy and academic literacy.
Denise Newfield lectures in the School of Literature, Language and Media at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.