ERIC Number: EJ1132047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Revealing the Naturalization of Language and Literacy: The Common Sense of Text Complexity
Newhouse, Erica H.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v60 n5 p547-556 Mar-Apr 2017
This article illustrates the process and obstacles encountered when applying the Common Core's three-part model of determining text complexity to an urban literature text. This analysis revealed how the model privileges language and literacy practices that limit the range of texts used in classrooms through a process of naturalization and by appealing to common sense. Implications include possibilities for interrupting the process of naturalization by encouraging teachers to be more critical of text complexity measurements, shifting the focus of determining text complexity and text selection from standardized measurements to student-centered practices, and providing students with access to more diverse texts.
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Literature, Difficulty Level, Multicultural Textbooks, Models, Language Usage, Epistemology, Measurement, Student Centered Learning, Access to Information, Common Core State Standards
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