ERIC Number: EJ1105029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
"The Three Pigs": Can They Blow Us into Critical Media Literacy Old School Style?
Flores-Koulish, Stephanie A.; Smith-D'Arezzo, Wendy Marie
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v30 n3 p349-360 2016
In this article, the authors show how groups of 2nd- and 4th-grade students in an urban school district responded to a postmodern children's book, The "Three Pigs" by David Wiesner (2001). The students came to the project from basal-based direct instruction, and here they were offered a more constructivist opportunity to engage with a text. The authors found that this text afforded the students with opportunities for discussion and thus were able to hone critical literacy skills, which correspond with critical media literacy concepts and new expectations within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The authors also make the case that these texts can be especially useful in settings still lacking sophisticated technologies. Thus, students can still gain complex literacy concepts despite a school's limited resources. What they find then is that students gain conceptual depth from postmodern children's literature using constructivist teaching methods.
Descriptors: Grade 2, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Urban Schools, Postmodernism, Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Constructivism (Learning), Critical Literacy, Observation, Story Reading, Reader Text Relationship, Qualitative Research, Coding, Age Differences, Group Discussion, Content Analysis, Common Core State Standards
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
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