Democracy's Young Heroes: An instructional model of critical literacy practices is about critical literacy practices. The main objective of this article is to provide a model of critical literacy practices related to a social justice issue, and the issue is presented through civic actions of relatively obscure young historical figures. Critical literacy practices are literacy actives that help enlighten the reader about the ulterior designs and multiple meanings of text. These conventions engage the learner on an issue through a protocol for using critical literacy practices. Presenting an actual historical event involving activists provides real madels to help children understand the abstract concepts of literacy and democracy. There are five critical inquiry practices the first is regaining one's identity which creates barriers of seperation between people. The second is call of service, many literacy programs now call for school and community service programs. The third is examining multiple perspectives, this helps learners view text as idealogically constructed and text can have multiple meanings based on various personal values and viewpoints. Another one is finding an authentic voice where listening for the multiple voices in text, learn text has both dominant and silent voices, and to apply first have to personalize this critical concept through discussions. The last practice is recognizing social barriers and crossing borders of separation and having barriers and borders establish boundaries and foster exclusion.
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