Social Justice Literacies in the English Classroom

ebook Teaching Practice in Action · Language and Literacy

By Ashley S. Boyd

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This timely book focuses on different social justice pedagogies and how they can work within standards and district mandates in a variety of English language arts classrooms. With detailed analysis and authentic classroom vignettes, the author explores how teachers cultivate relationships for equity, utilize transformative language practices, demonstrate critical caring, and develop students' critical literacies with traditional and critical content. Boyd offers a comprehensive model for taking social action with youth that also considers the obstacles teachers are likely to encounter. Presenting the case for more equity-oriented teaching, this rich resource examines the benefits of engaging students with critical pedagogies and provides concrete methods for doing so. Written for both pre- and inservice teachers, the text includes adaptable teaching models and tested ideas for preparing to teach for social justice.

"This is an appealing vision for the future, for it bears much promise—for our classrooms, and also for the future our students will both shape and inhabit."

—From the Foreword by Deborah Appleman, Carleton College

"Through the careful observation and analysis of three teachers with different approaches to teaching critical literacy, Ashley Boyd provides a repertoire of practices rich with detail."

—Hilary Janks, Wits University, South Africa

"This important book counters the belief of so many teacher educators who think that social justice asks too much of teachers."

—George W. Noblit, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Social Justice Literacies in the English Classroom