"Because We're Unique": The Literate Lives of Black Adolescent Females
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
This qualitative study explores the literacy and language practices of Black adolescent girls as they read and make meaning of a critical text. The focus of this inquiry was to broadly examine how societal and situational factors influence the ways in which Black adolescent girls make sense of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give (2017), a form of culturally responsive text. This study embraces the Black Girls’ Literacy Framework first created by Muhammad and Haddix (2016) and two interconnected research questions from that framework drove this study: a) how do Black adolescent girls enact critical literacy practices? and b) how do Black adolescent girls respond to a culturally responsive critical text? Data in the form of two semi-structured interviews, a focus group, and written journal entries in response to the novel were used to examine each Black girl participants’ representation of themselves and their identities, as well as the way they made meaning of a critical text. Critical discourse analysis was utilized to analyze data across a societal domain, as well as across institution and situation. This study contributes to the current body of literature by positioning Black girls at the center and bringing visibility to the ways in which their intersectionalities (raced, classed, and gendered identities) influence the ways in which they enact their literacy practice.
EducationReadingAfrican Americans--Study and teachingEthnicity--Study and teaching
Black Adolescent GirlsBlack GirlsCritical LiteracyCritical Text
Curriculum & Instruction
Glass, TehiaMiller, Erin
Taylor, BruceMerriweather, Lisa
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2019.
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