Sustaining culture, expanding literacies: Culturally relevant literacy pedagogy and gradual release of responsibility

Jennifer D. Turner, Chrystine Mitchell

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Purpose – The purpose of this chapter is to highlight the gradual release of responsibility (GRR) model as an instructional framework for enacting culturally relevant literacy pedagogy in K-8 classrooms. Approach – First, the authors frame a discussion on culturally relevant pedagogy via three central tenets and its significance for promoting equity and access in literacy education. Next, culturally relevant pedagogy is linked with the GRR model. Finally, authentic literacy practices that help bridge culturally relevant learning throughout the segments of the GRR model are delineated. Findings – The authors believe that GRR models infused with culturally relevant pedagogical practices make literacy learning more equitable and accessible to students of Color. Toward that end, the authors provide multiple research-based instructional strategies that illustrate how the GRR model can incorporate culturally relevant pedagogical practices. These practical examples serve as models for the ways in which teachers can connect with students’ cultural backgrounds and understandings while expanding their literacy learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLiteracy Research, Practice and Evaluation
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameLiteracy Research, Practice and Evaluation
ISSN (Print)2048-0458
ISSN (Electronic)2048-0466

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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