The Use of Critical Literacy in the Spanish Immersion First Grade Classroom To Explore Equity, Fairness and Social Justice

Adriana Hart, 1st Grade, Collinswood Language Academy

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This curriculum unit explores the interconnection between critical literacy and social justice awareness in a Two-Way first grade dual language classroom. Emergent bilingual first grade students explore big concepts such as equity, privilege and fairness during Literacy Circles and classroom read alouds that deal with racial/cultural diversity and social issues. This curriculum unit promotes the use of critical literacy to encourage students to examine books in depth and articulate their own voices.  Researchers argue the importance of multicultural literature in the classroom to support the critical awareness of young learners; the use of this literature can help them grow as individuals who can disrupt internalized racism.