Words No Bars Can Hold: Literacy Learning In Prison

June 18, 2019|
Words No Bars Can Hold: Literacy Learning In Prison by Deborah Appleman
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Incarcerated bodies, liberated minds: a narrative of literacy education behind bars.

Words No Bars Can Hold provides a rare glimpse into literacy learning under the most dehumanizing conditions. Deborah Appleman chronicles her work teaching college- level classes at a high- security prison for men, most of whom are serving life sentences. Through narrative, poetry, memoir, and fiction, the students in Appleman’s classes attempt to write themselves back into a society that has erased their lived histories.

The students’ work, through which they probe and develop their identities as readers and writers, illuminates the transformative power of literacy. Appleman argues for the importance of educating the incarcerated, and explores ways to interrupt the increasingly common journey from urban schools to our nation’s prisons. From the sobering endpoint of what scholars have called the “school to prison pipeline,” she draws insight from the narratives and experiences of those who have traveled it.
Deborah Appleman lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is the Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies at Carleton College.
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Title:Words No Bars Can Hold: Literacy Learning In Prison
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:160 pages, 9.55 X 6.32 X 0.77 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 9.55 X 6.32 X 0.77 in
Published:June 18, 2019
Publisher:WW Norton
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780393713671

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