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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

What does it mean to be literate? Explorations in Critical Literacy

What does it mean to be literate? Grounded in the work of Paolo Freire, the presenters will invite participants to explore this question by considering literacy as, in part, a set of critical practices that include disrupting the commonplace, interrogating multiple viewpoints, focusing on sociopolitical issues, and taking action to promote social justice. In particular, the session will focus on classroom strategies designed to support elementary and secondary students in interrogating print advertisements as 1) texts situated in and shaped by larger social, political and cultural contexts: and 2) designed to create desire and convince them to spend money. Research conducted by one of the presenters into the ways 4th-grade students took up the critical examination of print advertisements for bottled water, and the economic and environmental impact of the sale and consumption of bottled water, will be shared.

Presenters: Lena Cannata (Undergraduate Student)
Sue Novinger (Faculty)
Topic: Education and Human Development
Location: 215 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)