Girls, Social Class and Literacy: What Teachers Can Do To Make A Difference

Paperback | October 4, 2006

byStephanie Jones

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Girls, Social Class, and Literacy is a compelling and provocative look at the debilitating effects of classism on young girls, as well as a pragmatic and powerful examination of the transformative effects of sensitive, smart teaching on children whose lives and education are too often a reflection of their economic status. Stephanie Jones shares the insights of a five-year study that followed eight working-poor girls, offering you unusually sharp insight into what it’s like to be underprivileged in America. With critical literacy as her tool, Jones then helps you peel back your ideas of the poor–and of your own students–to see them, and your role in their lives, more clearly. Just as important, using reading and writing workshop as an instructional framework, she describes how to validate and honor all students’ realities while cultivating crucial critical literacy skills.

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  Girls, Social Class, and Literacy is a compelling and provocative look at the debilitating effects of classism on young girls, as well as a pragmatic and powerful examination of the transformative effects of sensitive, smart teaching on children whose lives and education are too often a reflection of their economic status. Stephani...

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  Girls, Social Class, and Literacy is a compelling and provocative look at the debilitating effects of classism on young girls, as well as a pragmatic and powerful examination of the transformative effects of sensitive, smart teaching on children whose lives and education are too often a reflection of their economic status. Stephanie...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 7.4 × 0.4 inPublished:October 4, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:032500840X

ISBN - 13:9780325008400

Appropriate for ages: 5 - 11

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Table of Contents

    Introduction to Lives, Class, Literacy
    1. Where Are We From? A Look into Ourselves
    2. Where Are Our Students From? A Look into St. Francis
    3. Poverty: Living Lives on the Margins
    4. Taboo No More: Validating Lives on the Margins
    5. Silence Louder Than Drums: Personal and Public Consequences
    6. Breaking the Silence: Critical Literacy
    7. Critical Literacy: A Frame for Thinking, Planning, and Enacting
    8. Relationships Outside School: Mothers, Daughters, and Critical Classroom Conversations
    9. Relationships Inside School: Teacher as Potential Threat
    10. Critical Literacy in the Reading Workshop: Decoding/Reconstructing Henry and Mudge
    11. Critical Literacy in the Writing Workshop: Reconstruction and Social Action
    12. Windows of Opportunity: Critical Work in Schools and Society
    References
    Index

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Using stories from her own life as a girl in a working-poor family and illuminating narratives from students living in a high-poverty neighborhood, Stephanie introduces readers to critical literacy and equips them with the tools to begin tearing apart stereotypes and creating new understandings about students, families, ourselves, and one another. This remarkable book is at once powerful and poetic, provocative, and informative. -- Lucy Calkins