The article that I chose for my second journal critique is called “10 Ways to Promote a Culture of Literacy” by Barry Gilmore. The following are three discussion points that were included in my journal critique:
1. Why is it important to build a literacy community in our schools?
In the article, Gilmore tells us a story of one of his 6th grade science classes. Gilmore found out that one of the 6th grade science classes was building their own planetarium out of PVC pipe and plastic. Gilmore though discovered the design of their planetariums were unique. Instead of the Big Dipper or Orion’s Belt, the students had created their own star clusters instead of using the typical astronomical objects. Gilmore heard one of the girls say, “We’re reading a novel called Every Soul a Star,” another girl said. “Our science teacher was talking to the English teacher about it. They decided to have us write our own myths in English class, and then make constellations based on our stories.” “And then we graphed the constellations in math class on an x-axis and y-axis,” the second girl said. “And we’re studying Ancient Greece in history, so it all worked out,” the first girl added. Gilmore was stunned to find out that “Here was a thriving example of crossdisciplinary literacy at its finest, a connection between different subjects with a hands-on project that truly excited the kids.” (Gilmore, 2017) These teachers from different content areas had met and collaborated with one another in order to plan a unit that all coincided with one another.
2. Why should we collaborate with teachers outside of our content area?
In the article according to Biancarosa and Snow “But if we truly want to build skills and joy in literacy, the best way is not in isolated pockets for individual students, but rather as a school community that values teamwork, shared learning, and a comprehensive philosophy (Biancarosa & Snow, 2006). At Gilmore’s school, the faculty talks in grade-level teams and departments. They discuss how to instill literacy as a value...