Finding a Voice: The Practice of Changing Lives through Literature

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Disturbed by the lack of real success of prisons in reforming offenders, Robert Waxler, an English professor, and Judge Robert Kane, a former Massachusetts District Court justice, created Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL)--an educational initiative for criminal offenders based on the idea that studying literature can transform lives. Since its founding in 1991, CLTL has won numerous awards and been featured in national media outlets like The New York Times, Parade Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, ...
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Disturbed by the lack of real success of prisons in reforming offenders, Robert Waxler, an English professor, and Judge Robert Kane, a former Massachusetts District Court justice, created Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL)--an educational initiative for criminal offenders based on the idea that studying literature can transform lives. Since its founding in 1991, CLTL has won numerous awards and been featured in national media outlets like The New York Times, Parade Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Today Show. The CLTL program has also been featured in the new book Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World by Nicholas A. Basbanes.

In Finding a Voice, Waxler and Jean Trounstine (who extended CLTL to female prisoners in 1993) discuss the "how and why" of their unique alternative sentencing program. Along with describing the program's beginnings and the team approach that made CLTL a success, the authors also give a wealth of practical advice for other teachers. Their sample lesson plans, text suggestions, and discussion of controversies faced by CLTL show readers a way of approaching literature with alternative learners everywhere.

Jean Trounstine is an author, activist, and Professor of Humanities, Middlesex Community College (MA). Robert Waxler is Professor of English, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472030408
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What is changing lives through literature? 1
2 Can we change lives? 27
3 Where does literacy fit in, and what does gender have to do with it? 43
4 The new Bedford men's program 61
5 The Lynn-Lowell women's program 83
6 Other CLTL programs : we keep growing 101
7 Starting a program : the nuts and bolts 131
8 Teaching specific texts : novel, autobiography, and memoir 151
9 Teaching specific texts : short story, essay, article, and poem 185
10 CLTL teaching strategies 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2005

    wonderful book

    Great book. History and philosophy as well as practical applications about a program that uses reading and discussion of good literature to change lives. Remarkable achievement.

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