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Developing Critical Awareness at the Middle Level: Using Texts as Tools for Critique and Pleasure
by Holly Johnson and Lauren Freedman
|Grades||6 – 8|
Young adolescents need and want more than a diet of worksheets and rote skills that asks them to think little and talk less.
This book presents an instructional approach that mixes critique and pleasure, allowing middle-level students to read literature they enjoy while they develop critical awareness and address issues of social justice.
Johnson, H., & Freedman, L. (2005). Developing Critical Awareness at the Middle Level: Using Texts as Tools for Critique and Pleasure. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students critically explore the moral issue of slavery through reading fiction and nonfiction children's literature about the Underground Railroad, and they extend their understanding through creative writing projects.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students take their ideas from the classroom page to the community pavement when they participate in a service-learning project based on their multimedia presentations.