ERIC Number: EJ872812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Reference Count: 15
A Critical Close-up: Three Films and Their Lessons in Critical Literacy
Hodges, Amanda L.
English Journal, v99 n3 p70-75 Jan 2010
Movies are a part of social discourse, and they may show "life the way people would like to make it." As educators look at society's changing views of knowledge, learning, teaching, and success, they can engage in that discourse and consider ways it does--or does not--reflect and affect pedagogies and daily lives. As Hollywood directs society's attention to issues of social justice and changing views of teaching, teachers can respond by troubling conventional and critical notions of literacy. By exploring three films and raising questions concerning dialogue, contextual learning, and reading itself, classroom teachers can think about the ideological message of films and critical literacy in a new way. In this article, the films "Renaissance Man," "The Great Debaters," and "Akeelah and the Bee" offer positive representations of teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teachers, Films, Critical Thinking, Literacy Education, Adolescents, Social Attitudes, Social Values, Teaching Methods, Social Influences, Student Role, Community, English Instruction
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