Critical Literacy as Resistance

Teaching for Social Justice Across the Secondary Curriculum

by Laraine Wallowitz (Volume editor)
©2009 Textbook XIV, 234 Pages
Series: Counterpoints, Volume 326


Critical Literacy as Resistance is a collaborate effort among secondary and university educators from across the United States that addresses questions such as: What does a critical literacy classroom look like? What various texts are used? What strategies do teachers use to encourage students and teacher candidates to recognize how texts construct power and privilege? How do educators inspire activism in and out of the classroom?
This book documents the experiences of scholars and teachers who have successfully bridged theory and practice by applying critical literacy into their respective content areas. The authors spell out the difference between critical thinking and critical literacy, then show how to write and implement curriculum that incorporates diverse texts and multiple literacies in all content areas (including world language), and includes the voices of students as they confront issues of race, class, gender, and power. The principles and practices laid out here will help teachers use literacy to liberate and empower students both in and outside the classroom by respecting and studying the literacies students bring to school, while simultaneously teaching (and challenging) the literacies of those in power. This is a book for pre- and in-service teachers in all content areas, staff developers, secondary literacy specialists, university professors, and anyone interested in social justice.


XIV, 234
ISBN (Softcover)
Hochschullehrer Kritische Pädagogik Student Critical pedagogy /United States Literacy Educational sociology High school teacher Unterprivilegierung Social aspect USA
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XIV, 234 pp.

Biographical notes

Laraine Wallowitz (Volume editor)

The Editor: Laraine Wallowitz is an assistant professor of English education at Adelphi University. Her latest publications include «Happy Victims: The Construction of Women in Advertising» in Women and Advertising: Changing Perceptions and «Uncovering History Through Biography and Personal Narrative: Women in the U.S. Labor Movement» in Organizing the Curriculum: Perspectives on Teaching the Labor Movement.


Title: Critical Literacy as Resistance