Critical literacy and the Big Bad Wolf

9/10/2015

Critical literacy is often confused in the classroom with critical thinking skills.

Critical thinking skills cover the ability to:

  • Understand connections between ideas
  • Formulate questions to gather and assess information
  • Analyse information and conceptualise
  • Make observations and evaluate

Critical literacy, on the other hand, delves more into introducing the concepts of points of view, bias, and purpose of what you are reading. 

Critical literacy word cloud


For example, what is missing from the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ ?
Where is the voice of the wolf and why is it not in the book? 

Teachers can develop critical literacy in their classroom by:

  • Using Read Alouds of high quality books to explore differences and enrich understanding of the world.
  • Looking at the language used and how it conveys the story.
  • Teach students that characters are not real but constructed.
  • Discussing the purpose of the text, the point of view, possible biases.

In today’s rich and pervasive information and media world students will need to develop critical literacy skills to enable them to make good decisions and choices in their life.

Some practical examples to establish Critical Literacy in the classroom can be found on the following websites:
What does Critical Literacy look like in the classroom
ReadWriteThink: The Big Bad Wolf: analyzing point of view in texts

 

Huff & Puff

 Our CEDP teachers and students could use the ebook version of
  'Huff & Puff, can you blow down the houses of the three little pigs?  
 to begin their exploration of an alternative point of view of an old classic.   


Posted By Lisa Nash at 14/10/2015 9:59:31 AM Comments(2)

Comments & Responses

  • This clip may bring another dimension to the exploration of critical literacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDGrfhJH1P4
    Posted By Fran Hughes on 15/10/2015 11:32:01 PM
  • Another great book for exploring character voice is called, "Use your imagination" by Nicola O'Byrne. Wolf helps Rabbit write a story (with discussions about character traits eg heroes and villians, setting, complication and resolution.) There are clever allusions to the story of Little Red Riding Hood in the illustrations. The final twist is when the rabbit decides to write a different ending from the one planned by the wolf. It is a great book to talk about character voice as well as the elements that make up a good fairytale.
    Posted By Sally Biskupic on 25/10/2015 7:34:53 AM

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