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She Say, He Say reveals the development of fifth grade urban girls' voices through their own writing in the classroom. This book underscores the importance of including all of the girls' voices into the curriculum where their voices can be nurtured, cultured, and responded to in ...
She Say, He Say reveals the development of fifth grade urban girls' voices through their own writing in the classroom. This book underscores the importance of including all of the girls' voices into the curriculum where their voices can be nurtured, cultured, and responded to in potentially productive ways.
Through an exploration of two major writing contexts, the public and the private, Brett Elizabeth Blake chronicles how the girls learned through their writing not only how to name issues salient to them, such as domesticity and racism, but also how to resist the underlying notions of such important issues. The girls' stories are based on nearly three years of study, and the traditional notion of a process approach to writing is challenged by addressing how such an approach must become a site for significant tension and struggle over issues like ownership and voice. Blake suggests several curricular strategies, such as reader response techniques and a violence-prevention unit, as additional approaches that support girls' voices. This book explores and challenges us to look more closely at how the intersection of gender, race, and class is crucial for understanding not only how and what girls write about, but also why they write so deliberately and poignantly about their lives.
|2||Language and the Woman with the Yellow Hair: Perspectives on Language Choice and Use||11|
|3||Multiple Voices: Expressing and Responding to the Language of Voice through Writing||21|
|4||Setting the Stage: Classroom Writing Contexts and Brief Introductions to Eleven Girls||31|
|5||Public Writing Contexts I: Expository and Non-Fiction||51|
|6||Public Writing Contexts II: Narrative and Fiction||65|
|7||Private Writing Contexts I: Domesticity, Family Life, and Sexuality||79|
|8||Private Writing Contexts II: Violence and Activism||93|
|9||Becoming Critical: The Importance of Modeling Responses to Cultural Texts||107|
|10||Summary, Implications, and Discussion||125|
|App. A: Approach and Methodology||135|
|App. B||The Ethics of "Doing" Ethnographic Research||145|
Posted October 7, 2004
I had the opportunity to read this book while I was a graduate student in one of Dr. Blake's classes at Adelphi. The book is wonderfully written, and gives you a real insight into the daily lives of the girls that were profiled in the book. It's real and not always so pretty...just like life really is for some kids.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.