Literacy Tools in the Classroom: Teaching Through Critical Inquiry, Grades 5–12
By Richard Beach, Gerald Campano, Brian Edmiston, and Melissa Borgmann (National Writing Project and Teachers College Press, 2010) ISBN: 978-0-8077-5056-8, $18.00
This innovative resource describes how teachers can help students employ “literacy tools” across the curriculum to foster learning. The authors demonstrate how literacy tools such as narratives, question-asking, spoken-word poetry, drama, writing, digital communication, images, and video encourage critical inquiry in the 5–12 classroom.
The book provides many examples and adaptable lessons from diverse classrooms and connects to a website where readers can join a growing professional community, share ideas, and get frequent updates: http://literacytooluses.pbworks.com .
This dynamic text will inspire teachers to:
- work together to create richer and more equitable literacy curricula
- develop purpose-driven activities and projects
- identify and showcase students’ strengths through their use of literacy tools
- foster learning and critical inquiry across all content areas
- use “change-based assessment” to encourage student reflection and growth.
“A unique blend of digital literacy tools with traditional forms, Literacy Tools in the Classroom ushers us into a 21st-century vision of literacy education—a fine and flexible view—through compelling narratives of educational possibility.” —Shelby A. Wolf, University of Colorado at Boulder, author of Interpreting Literature with Children