Importance Of Critical Literacy

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Register to read the introduction… 487). The purpose of critical literacy is to teach readers “to become critically conscious of their own values and responsibilities in society” (Ciardiello, 2004 as cited in Soares & Wood, 2010, p. 487). The goal of critical literacy is to prompt students to seek answers to questions such as “why and for what reason are things the way they are, to question who profits the most, and then to act on making the world a better place” (Beck, 2005; Comber & Nixon, 1999, as cited in Soares & Wood, 2010, p. 487). Critical literacy also emphasizes the importance of assessing texts from multiples perspectives and encourages students to question the motivations and values of the author (Soares & Wood, 2010, p. 488). The thinking skills that develop from analyzing texts critically contribute to students’ understanding of social justice and provide them with the skills necessary for citizenship in a democratic society. Critical literacy skills can be applied across the curriculum and are strengthened by the inquiry processes in social studies and science. Reading, writing, and oral communication skills are supported by critically examining literature, speeches, documentaries, and other forms of …show more content…
356). Responsible citizenship in a democratic society involves respecting oneself and others and accepting responsibility for the community and the environment (Bickert, Jablon, & Dodge, 1999, p. 356). These values are gained by incorporating meaningful social studies instruction into the curriculum. The purpose of social studies as explained by the National Council for the Social Studies is “to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world” (National Council for the Social Studies, 1994, as cited in Crowe, 2010, p. 106). Integrating social studies into the curriculum is essential in order for students to become well-informed citizens equipped with the critical thinking skills needed to participate in a democratic

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