Critical Literacy

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We’ve spent the last week looking at point of view and specifically how to look at text with a critical eye. Remember what I said, You can’t truly understand a text, until you realize what’s missing from it first“!

Now I want you to apply these new found skills on the following article. Click on the link below to go to the article on year round schooling.

As you read the article, use the questions of critical literacy provided. Think about who the intended audience is, whose voice you hear as well as whose voice you don’t hear. What’s the purpose of the text? And lastly, what isn’t this article telling us?

I’m looking for a 2-3 paragraph response to the article using your new critical literacy eye!

The Case for Year Round Schooling

44 thoughts on “Critical Literacy

    Nadia:) said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

    In this article I think the audience is parents, school principals and maybe even students and teachers. I think they forgot to add some kids point of views are because a lot of kids may disagree with a shorter summer, I for one disagree with a shorter summer. I think the children’s point of view is left out because if the kids aren’t happy with a shorter summer why would the principals make that’s arrangement.

    I believe the purpose of this text is to show school principals that a shorter summer will benefit the childrens learning. I know this because in the text it said, over the summer
    Break when the fall time comes the teachers have to review last years learning because the children forgot what they learned in the spring.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Well thought out Nadia. You have really looked at this article with a critical eye.

    Adam said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I think the intended audience is any body who is really interested in school or changing it and come across that sight. Well the voice we hear from this is really the authors and people the author has talked to or have gotten opinions from and voices we don’t hear well… everybody that wasn’t included are doesn’t know the so everybody accept the authors and the people he wants included.

    The purpose of this text is to kind of help student’s keep their brains under control over the summer so they will remember stuff so teachers don’t have to review everything from last year on the first month. Well I think this article isn’t telling us about parents point of views are how they would like this to happen to there children because they might have plans for vacation that they cant do in one month are anything.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

      I agree with a lot of what you’ve said, however, you don’t really name the point of view! Who believes this??

    Jessy! said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Ok, I will answer the first question. I believe that the audience in this text was the people reading. Most people that would be reading this text would be teachers or conserved parents.

    The view point that IS included in this text would be the author’s believe this because, who wrote this? The author.

    The voices that WERE NOT included is me. It’s you. Again, the author wrote this text. We did not. So every ones voice is not included besides the author.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

      But who is the author??? It really is important to understand that to understand his point of view!

        Jessy! said:
        December 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

        Oh no forgot about that!!! But since you read the text to us, I don’tknow who the author is.

    Raja said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I think the first question is the people who would be reading it the text.
    I think that the voices that are not in the text are whoever did not make
    The text. The voices that are in the text are the people who made it like
    The author.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Raja, you need some more detail. I know you know whose view is presented and whose is not, but, name them!!! Teachers? Students? Who???

        Raja said:
        December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

        The teachers and the kids would read it but most like the teachers would read it.

    Rose said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

    The voices that are not included are the children/ teenagers; they should have their voice included too. they should because its kinda like an argument, so we should hear both sides. (kids/ teenagers no year round schooling) The voices we hear are the the people who helped write this text and the person who wrote it.

    Also, the purpose of this text is to persuade parents, gardians, and principals to switch to year round schooling. This is because they would probably like to get money for getting a good idea.
    They also want their way.

    In the text its not showing what the kids think of it ; and i think its very important to hear some of the kids thoughts of the year round schooling.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

      I also agree that the students should be heard from too. However, I don’t think that would benefit the authors point of view!

    Adam :) said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

    you never commented on me Mr.Purdon 😦

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Oh, but I did Adam!!!!

      Thomas said:
      December 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

      It doesnt matter.

      Thomas said:
      December 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Did you have a mistake on your E-Mail because you have 2 different avatars

    chaslee said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    i think the middle-school teacheris right because we need more learning

    austin said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

    the teenagers aren’t in it, and the kids aren’t in it and he has the nerve to put it up on the World Wide Web. Ok it is true but you didn’t ask for my point of view or any teenagers and if he did the article would be slightly different.

    Also we kids do not go nuts for the first and last six weeks of school at the beginning we are just nervous and at the end we are excited.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

      I think he had the nerve because he is a teacher himself!!!!

    micheala:0!!!!! said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

    The voices that are included are Martin Davey.

    The voices that are excluded are ours because we have no part of this artical but only the schools.

    The audince of this text is me and anyone who is interested i reading the artical.

    The perpuose of the artical is to get teaches and princibles to get shorter summer breaks

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

      You forgot to give me your opinion on this idea.

    Hunter Russell said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

    My opinion about this text on what it leaves out, so I found some things it left out because this text is about how time off from school makes kids loose their memory of the work they did before so I found that it doesn’t talk about the good things of taking a brake from school or who’s words are left out of the text.

    Martin Davey talks about how its not good for your memory to take brakes from school, I agree that kids loose the skills they had for being away from school like summer brake but kids should be allowed to take a brake if they didn’t they would get to over worked with school and not have time for their own things like family or friends so it does not say the good things about being away from school but the good things are having time to be with family and have fun.

    The voices not heard in this text is every one else’s but not the righter, but the people who need to be heard are the kids because its about loosing memory of work before to help them later but if their voice was heard then it would talk about them wanting to have time off of school so they could have fun and if other people wear heard like parents or teachers then it would talk about less time away from school.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

      I think you have some great ideas here Hunter! And yes, it seems a students voice and opinion is missing.

    Shaynah said:
    December 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

    The article that I have just read is telling me what to do.Technacly,it’s mr. Purdon who is telling me
    what to do because he wrote the article/text.That article is also known as a “text”.Mr. Purdon’s
    class blog actully is the whole text.

    Since mr.Purdon wrote the text,only his voice is included.In fact,only his voice is included on the blog because he was the only one who made the blog.My voice is not included in that text because
    I only read the text,not write it.

    My voice is only included in this article because I wrote it.My voice is only included on every single comment that I made.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Technically, Shaynah, I didn’t write the article! I only created a link from my blog to the Toronto Star website. In critical literacy, we must see where a and who a site really is! Careful.

    Katie said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I think ther vocie is the teacher and the people and the princable and the people who wrote it and I think the vocie is about people talking about school and stuff .

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

      But what about a students voice? Shouldn’t they be heard as well?

    wiliam said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I think our voices aren’t in and the auther voice is in here we’re the audice who read this the point of view ist he auther he telling us to have shorter summer because he tell us that we forgot a whole month learning but it’s how we think right so this is my point of view that we should only have one month of summer then we should have to go to school we will go they but we won’t do any school work re will review that what I think

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

      I see you agree!

    Aleia! :P said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I think the voices that are included are the authors (Marti Davey) and some of the teachers opinion and a little bit of the principle and the other people that put the text together. The voices that are not included are some of the teachers say, and maybe some of the students prospective. And every one else who was not a part of it like me and my fellow class mates.

    The purpose of the text is to in form us of how some schools across the world say that kids over the summer are not learning so there saying that summer breakshould be shorter and any other breaks should be one or two weeks long.

    The text is not telling us a lot of how the schools are benifiting from how students are going to like the Idea of having summer break shorter may be they like there long breaks or if the student don’t like it that much.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

      I think you really understood the motives of this article and who isn’t represented Aleia! Bravo.

    Zachery said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I think the audience in this text would be anybody who is interested school. Lots of kids would disagree with this text because lots of kids say that they disagree with school. The voices I hear in this text are Martin Davey, parents and also teachers. The voices I don’t hear in this text are us kids and other teenagers.

    I think the purpose of this text is to tell kids that we have to be at school more so that we could catch up on stuff that we missed. Also I think that kids should go to school more so they could get better grades and high marks. Kids who don’t go to school are missing lots of new stuff that teachers are teaching. Kids should tell themselves that they have to go to school or they are going to miss lots of stuff.

    Damien said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

    i think that the voice inclued is the author who wrote this pieace of text and who made this whole artical up there fore mr.purdon’s voice is not inclued not even my voice or anyone who has nothing to do with the text.

    i think the audience is us and any one who reads this text like other students in other classes is who the audience is

    this artical is not telling us that every school shopuld have year round schooling and we can also benifet from this text if we can pull this apart and find what we benifet .

    Thomas said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I believe that the audience of the text Year Round Schooling is the parents/teachers. The reason I believe the audience in the text is parents/teachers is because who else would be concerned with year round schooling.

    The voice I hear is the author of the text, who I believe is Martin Davey. The voice I don’t hear is the kid’s voice. I think that the kids should have the opportunity to give their opinions. I thought that because kids have a mind just like parents.

    The purpose of the text is to get parents\teachers to grab the idea of year round schooling. Also to help students get their brains under control over the summer break.

    The article isn’t telling us about what the parents want to say. What if the parents have something important to say.

    Gemma said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I think that the intended audience of the article is the board of education and parents of students who attend school. I believe this because the text is stating that there should be year-round schooling. Only one person’s voice is included and that is the voice of Martin Davey. I do not agree with Martin Davey. He is just a junior teacher. Who is he to change the rules of the board?

    I, as a student, beleive that we should keep the break lenghths the same. We are used to the way it is now, and I think that everyone would be confused if it changed.

    He left out the fact that, if summer break was shorter, the teachers would still be reveiwing the material from the previous year. Actually, the kids would be trying even harder to enjoy their summer break with fun activities that they would most likely forget what they learned anyway.

    Yolanda said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I think that the audience of the text is the people who will want to read it for example like adults. Also teenagers who have this problem like say thirteen’s and fourteen’s so that who I think the audience of the text is also teachers.

    The voices that are not in here are ours because we did not write the text now did we no we did not. So we can’t say we wrote the text but the the people who helped make the book can say they made the book.

    I think I know why the text is written this way because they want us to know that kids should get more time off school.In the summer

      Thomas said:
      December 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Why do the thirteens and fourteens have a problem with year round schooling?

    dandre said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I think the adience is adults because I dont think that children would read in less they are asigned to read it. My voice and every body else’ voice is not in the text because we did not wright it the only voice is the athor.

    cant write any more bell is going to ring

    Kadi-Rose said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I think that the meant for audience of this text are the parents/guardians of the students. It should be up to them if they want their child to participate in year-round schooling. If Lakehead Public Schools really thinks that year round schooling is a good thing, they should have their schools to have a speaking about it. Or have a voice message to all homes that can have phones, trying to persuade parents/guardians to agree with the idea. The author of the article, Martin Davey, who is also a middle-school teacher, believes that year round schooling is a great idea. The point of view is his, it’s only his perspective. Not the children. If year round schooling helps children have a higher education rate, shouldn’t we open the doors towards it? Wouldn’t you want your child to have a successful career? Don’t you, as a student, want to have a ton of money when you grow up?

    Take it from a student who wants to be successful, one who notices that they have lost a lot of knowledge within two months; year round schooling can help us out. If people have notices a rate drop in students grades from the end of June, to the beginning of September, we shouldn’t fight with them.

    Though I agree with the author, he didn’t at all include any student’s voices. Since it’s based on school, that place where children go to learn things, shouldn’t we kids have some say in it? That’s a tough answer considering that most of us don’t realize how much year round schooling can help us. Most of us see summer break as two months of electronics.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

      I have to admit, I like the way the year is broken up as well!

    Oscar said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I think that Martin doesn’t want that much brakes in the school year because lots of kids are forgetting lots of stuff in school and teachers haft to shoe them all the stuff from last year work, Also the kids will be lazy when they come back to school and the kids will be slacking of

    Bryson said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I think the audience of the text is the readers of the newspaper article because that’s the only people reading the text. The voices that are included are the author’s because it’s his point of view. The voices that have been excluded are every body else’s voices. i could no wright any more

    markus said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I only hear Martin Davey`s voice, and not mine,and it makes me feel bad. can`t write any more the bell is going to rining

    shamael said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I think the audience of this text is parents who have the same problem with their teenagers. The author expects schools to have a shorter break. In North America teachers waste the first month of school reviewing what they learned last year. On the summer break children loss knowledge. I think if there is a summer school children won’t loss any knowledge.
    The voices that where included is the author and who ever helped the author doing the text .the voices that where excluded is us because we did not write the text. However, our point of you is important, because we might have the same problem. Parents mostly would red the text because they might have the same problem with their teenagers. What missing from the text is our point of you .teachers ,parent and childrens are benefits of this text .

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