Looking for It: Language, Literacy, and History in Place





place-based learning, community collaboration, community literacies


Within this article, we explore how teachers, researchers, and community members—including youth—worked in collaborative conversations and place-based projects to explore the languages, stories, and histories of their local Georgia communities. By examining the process of “looking for it,” as one youth researcher puts it, this article explores three inquiry practices Georgia youth use to identify and sustain community language and literacy practices: personal storytelling, walking histories, and breaking bread. These community literacies resulted in youth having a stronger sense of self and community and understanding the relationship between them. Additionally, the practices spurred critical thinking, historical inquiry, and socioemotional learning. Community exploration through community literacies created the foundation for place-based language, literacy, and history research to take root and flourish.

Author Biographies

  • Dr. Leah Panther, Mercer University

    Dr. Leah Panther, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, Tift College of Education, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia; email [email protected]. Dr. Panther has taught preschool through higher education across urban, suburban, rural, and international school settings. Her work with youth and community literacies seeks to sustain community languages, literacy practices, and histories for language and linguistic justice throughout Georgia’s unique regions and communities.

  • Caitlin Hochuli, Mercer University

    Caitlin Hochuli, Doctoral Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia; email [email protected]. Ms. Hochuli is currently a graduate research assistant for the Linguistic Justice Collaborative, seeking to sustain community literacies in local communities. Her research focuses on community-based education and place-based practices to empower local communities in food security and sustainability.

Looking for It (Panther & Hochuli, 2024)






Research and Practitioner Articles

How to Cite

Panther, L., & Hochuli, C. (2024). Looking for It: Language, Literacy, and History in Place. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 46(1), 34–48. https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.138

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