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ERIC Number: EJ868502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1074-4762
Who Is an American?: Challenging Middle Schools Students' Assumptions through Critical Literacy
Maples, Joellen; Groenke, Susan
Voices from the Middle, v17 n2 p28-35 Dec 2009
The authors unpack a unit in which students were asked to consider the question, "Who and what is an American?" The activity originated with a discussion of 6 fictional profiles; students were asked to place these people along a continuum from "least American" to "most American." The resulting discussions broadened perspectives, changed thinking, and helped students articulate assumptions that had previously gone unexamined. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States