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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 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.
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.