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ERIC Number: EJ1021453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-9170
"Lunch Is Gross": Gaining Access to Powerful Literacies
Gatto, Lynn
Language Arts, v90 n4 p241-252 Mar 2013
This ethnographic study documents how a space for critical literacy practices emerged as one teacher attempted to make literacy learning authentic. The school lunch program in an urban elementary district provided the theme for an authentic and focused literacy unit. Throughout this focus unit, the students not only met state standards but also engaged in unpacking the relationship between power and language by asking complex questions about race relations, resource inequities, and institutional politics. The description and analysis reveal and characterize three conceptual categories of critical literacy practices: 1) attentive, 2) connective, and 3) disruptive. In attentive practices, students become aware of voice in consuming and producing texts, while in connective practices, texts become a vehicle for agency. Disruptive practices bring voice and agency together to afford production of text for transformation of our world. It was through these critical literacy practices that students made meaning and communicated those meanings for real audiences and real purposes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
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