Observing the Evolution of Marginalized Youth’s Identity through Critical Literacy, Critical Pedagogy and Online Commenting,

By Pablo Muriel and Eblin Acosta.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: October 20, 2015 $US5.00

This mini ethnography explores the identity of marginalized youth and the relationship between critical literacy, critical pedagogy, and online commentary. In this mini ethnography I taught, observed and interviewed four students in one social studies vocational high school class in the south Bronx. The class was taught using the New York State Common Core Social Studies curriculum; in addition they were assigned articles from Dr. Alan Singer’s Huffington post blog. The students responded to the readings online through a comment thread that limits students to 250 words. The student’s comments were collected and analyzed in an attempt to explore the ways in which online blogging can impact the student’s perception of self, school, community and their environment as activist.

Keywords: Transformation, Critical Literacy, Activism

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 23, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 395.300KB)).

Pablo Muriel

Doctoral Student, Literacy, Hofstra University, Bronx, New York, USA

Eblin Acosta

Special Needs Bilingual Teacher, Teacher, New York City Department of Education, Bronx, New York, USA