When Poverty's Children Write: Celebrating Strenghts, Transforming Lives by Bobbie A. SolleyWhen Poverty's Children Write: Celebrating Strenghts, Transforming Lives by Bobbie A. Solley

When Poverty's Children Write: Celebrating Strenghts, Transforming Lives

byBobbie A. Solley, Patrick Shannon

Paperback | January 3, 2006

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Grades K-5


Foreword by Patrick Shannon


The richness in every child's voice reaches out to be heard. Yet many underprivileged children's words are muffled, never to be acknowledged, destined only to become white noise beneath childhood-poverty statistics. You can do something about it.

When Poverty's Children Write addresses the unique challenges that teachers face when teaching disadvantaged children to write. Bobbie Solley begins by identifying the unique characteristics of oral language and print knowledge that poor children typically bring with them to school. Then she argues against a deficit-based approach, demonstrating instead strategies, activities, and classroom dynamics that capitalize on students' strengths and innate knowledge to build written-language skills.

Solley examines classroom rites and rituals and suggests techniques that foster a trustful, respectful, and collaborative environment that promotes active writing. She tells the stories of real children who come from impoverished homes, showing you in powerful examples how by celebrating every child's voice you encourage them toward literacy habits, and how by understanding the specific needs of poverty's children your teaching moves away from struggling with student deficits and toward supporting student success.

Read When Poverty's Children Write and loosen the grim grip of poverty from the voices of your students. Show them the hope that literacy can bring and then watch as joyful writing fills your classroom.

Title:When Poverty's Children Write: Celebrating Strenghts, Transforming LivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.25 × 7.4 × 0.3 inPublished:January 3, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0325007519

ISBN - 13:9780325007519

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Table of Contents

    Foreword by Patrick Shannon
    1. Poverty's Children
    2. Building Trust and Community
    3. Constructing Literacy from the Bottom Up
    4. Structures That Teach
    5. Instruction
    6. Wandering and Wondering
    7. Conclusion
      1. Directions for Flip Book
      2. Directions for Making Cube
      3. Books That Build Community and Encourage Critical Thinking
      4. Cultural Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folktales
      5. Patterned Books
      6. Poetry
      7. Culturally Diverse Nursery Rhymes
      8. Books About Families
      9. Books for Classifying
      10. Sample Checklists
      11. Self-Assessment Checklists
      12. Sample Rubrics
      13. Children's Literature Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

?Bobbie Solley writes about the lives of people who are bent, but certainly not broken. (Her) descriptions provide us with a voice of hope that the poor will not ever need to bend.??Patrick Shannon