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ERIC Number: EJ1141491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
Critical Literacy and Transgender Topics in an Upper Elementary Classroom: A Portrait of Possibility
Hermann-Wilmarth, Jill M.; Lannen, Rosemary; Ryan, Caitlin L.
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v13 n1 p15-27 Spr 2017
In this paper, we explore the intersection of critical literacy pedagogy, queer pedagogy, and transgender topics by turning our attention to the learning that supported the writing of an acrostic poem about Title IX and transgender students. We examine how this writing, in turn, created additional content and context that spurred others' learning. We examine this particular poem because of the ways it demonstrates how a 4th grade student drew on three overarching components of the classroom's instructional context to support its production: the critical literacy pedagogy present in the class, exposure to transgender topics, and the importance of situating students as expert teachers for an authentic audience.
Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. 315 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602. Tel: 706-542-7866; Fax: 706-542-3817; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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