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Literacy Moves On

Popular Culture, New Technologies, and Critical Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

Janet Evans, Liverpool Hope University College, England
Foreword by Anne Haas Dyson

ISBN 978-0-325-00738-0 / 0-325-00738-1 / 2005 / 224pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: K - 6th
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    As educators, we are in urgent need of a newly conceived language and literacy curriculum….We need rich visions of classroom possibilities, and that is just what Janet Evans and her colleagues offer in abundance.
    —Anne Haas Dyson, Michigan State University

When it comes to new and different literacies, children are ahead of the curve. Their daily engagement with popular culture and technology is changing the very nature of what it means to be literate and raising questions for teachers.
How are children shaped by these literacies and how do they shape the popular culture around them?
What's the best way to help young readers capitalize on their cultural and technological knowledge to make sense of the all the messages they take in?

Literacy Moves On tackles 21st century literacy, and demonstrates how you can bridge the gap between children's interests and your curriculum. With an emphasis on celebrating children's development of new and different literacies and their participation in the dynamic and rapidly changing world around them, Janet Evans and a group of internationally known literacy experts:

  • examine and demystify some of the influences on contemporary literacy, including popular culture; new technologies; and critical literacy
  • enhance your awareness of how these influences connect to the emergence of children's literacy abilities and the development of their critical literacy skills
  • show, through special "Implications for Practice" sections, how you can link children's individual, out-of-school interests with the demands of your school's curriculum.

Popular culture and technology are second nature to kids—but not always to their teachers. Read Literacy Moves On and plug your established best-practice teaching into Digital-Age ideas of literacy development. You'll give students the skills they need to not only participate in their increasingly complex world, but to make personalized meaning in it.

Introduction: The Changing Nature of Literacy in the Twenty-First Century
I. "New" Literacies and Children's Ways of Using Them

  • Multimodal Texts: What They Are and How Children Use Them, Eve Bearne
  • Moving Stories: Digital Editing in the Nursery, Jackie Marsh
  • Children Reading and Interpreting Stories in Print, Film, and Computer Games, Margaret Mackey
  • The Dagger of Doom and the Mighty Handbag: Exploring Identity in Children's On-Screen Writing, Guy Merchant
II. Focusing on Texts with a Critical Eye: Critical Literacy in the Elementary School
  • Creating Opportunities for Critical Literacy with Young Children: Using Everyday Issues and Everyday Text, Vivian Vasquez
  • Beanie Babies: An Opportunity to Promote Literacy Development or a Money-Spinner for the Business Tycoons?, Janet Evans
  • Children Reread and Rewrite Their Neighborhood: Critical Literacies and Identity Work, Barbara Comber & Helen Nixon
III. Bridging the Gap Between Children's Personal Interests and Teachers' School-Based Curriculum Demands
  • Curiosity Kits: Linking Reading and Play in the Middle Years, Ros Fisher
  • Writing About Heroes and Villains: Fusing Children's Knowledge About Fantasy Texts with School-Based Literacy Requirements, Elaine Millard
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  • Getting It Right for Children: Making Meaningful Connections Between Culture, Community, and School, Dominic Scott

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As educators, we are in urgent need of a newly conceived language and literacy curriculum….We need rich visions of classroom possibilities, and that is just what Janet Evans and her colleagues offer in abundance.