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MS in Literacy Education
This action research study examined the critical literacy skills that seventh grade students in an urban middle school demonstrated while reading and discussing Monster by Walter Dean Myers. Three themes were identified and analyzed using the four dimension model of critical literacy developed Lewison, Flint, and Van Sluys (2002). These themes include: identity construction, bringing culture and personal experience to bear on text interpretation, and the recognition of unequal power distribution including suggestions for social action. Analysis of the data collected indicates that students are entering the middle school classroom with at least a rudimentary critical literacy skill set.
Stopka, Benjamin, "Theory and Practie: Searching for Critical Literacy Skills in Urban Middle School Students" (2010). Education Masters. Paper 270.
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