In today's text and media-saturated world, students increasingly need more than just basic literacy skills. They need critical literacy skills.
What is critical literacy?
Critical literacy examines the relationships between language and power in text (text, in this case, can be anything from a picture book to a novel to a social media post). It is a way of analyzing texts to identify issues of power, injustice and equity. Similar in many ways to information literacy, critical literacy focuses less on locating information and instead emphasizes analyzing and evaluating sources from a social justice standpoint. In reality, one cannot effectively function without the other; to analyze information one must first locate it and, conversely, one cannot evaluate sources without critically analyzing them.
As more and more of our lives shift online, reading and writing are changing rapidly. Several studies have shown that the skills necessary to be literate in the 21st century have expanded from simply being able to read and write printed text to being able to consume and produce a variety of texts, from traditional print to digital technology (Serafini, 2012). As teachers, we need to become curators of a variety of content that allows students to not only access a wide variety of texts, but to be able to think critically about the content and draw connections between them. Enter multi-modal text sets.
What is a multi-modal text set?
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