Essay about Critical Literacy and Content Literacy Connections

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Critical Literacy and Content Literacy Connections
Critical literacy is the ability to read and write in a way that results in a deeper understanding. Critical literacy is an approach that teaches students “to exercise their critical faculties to filter what they understand and are asked to believe from texts” (Temple, Ogle, Crawford, & Freppon). Content area literacy “emphasize two ideas: 1) the significance of reading to learn and 2) the importance of teaching students to become more proficient and efficient readers of content area texts.” (Swafford & Kallus). In essence, critical literacy serves as the foundation for content literacy. The ultimate goal of critical literacy and content literacy is enabling students to be able to
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In the constructivist model, the teacher is a facilitator who creates a learning environment that allows the students to explore topics through questions and discussion. In regards to authors and readers, the students learn to evaluate and analyze material. This ability will teach students to be aware of prejudices and unsaid assumptions. Through critical literacy and content literacy students learn to approach text looking for the author’s purpose and motives, knowing the text is not neutral, understanding the text structure and analyzing the power of the language (English Learning Area). Teachers can create classroom environments that reflect these connections by using effective questioning and teaching students other beneficial reading strategies. Educators can equip students to ask critical question of texts. These questions focus on text purpose, text structure and features, construction of characters, gaps and silences, power and interest, the view and reality, interrogation of the composer and multiple meanings of text (English Learning Area). The goal of these questions would be to ensure that students understand they should questions, evaluate, and analysis beliefs and ideas that they are exposed to. According to Gabler and Schroeder, “effective questioning is the essence of effective teaching and one of the most useful way to promote

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