Girls, Social Class, and Literacy: What Teachers Can Do to Make a Difference

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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.
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Overview

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
Be prepared to have your heart examined, perhaps bruised, and ultimately strengthened for the social action that is the reason Stephanie teaches and writesand the reason every educator must read this book.
- Jo Beth Allen, author of Sociocultural Playgrounds: Teacher Research in the Writing Classroom
A must-read for teacher study groups preparing to tackle the impact of poverty on elementary education.
- Barbara Comber, Centre for Studies in Literacy, Policy and Learning Cultures University of South Australia

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 poorand of your own studentsto 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. You'll find out why giving children the option to find and talk openly about disconnections with children's literature (as well as connections) and to write on topics of their choosing (even difficult ones) can have a large, positive impact on students as they speak and write about their reality without shame or fear of judgment.

As the gap between rich and poor widens in America, more and more children from working-poor families enter schools. You can make a difference in their lives by rethinking how you look at social class and extending to all children the same opportunities to share their experiences through reading, speaking, and writing. Read Girls, Social Class, and Literacy and ensure that in your classroom the education every student receives is not proportionate to their financial worth, but rather to their human worth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325008400
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/25/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 629,647
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

A former elementary school teacher and staff developer, Stephanie Jones is Assistant Professor of Literacy at Teachers College, Columbia University. She consults with schools in New York City and the Midwest on reading and writing instruction, critical literacy, and home-school connections. Her work has been published in Language Arts, Feminist Teacher, and Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. Stephanie lives in New York City with her husband, Casey, and their four-year-old daughter, Hayden.
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