Street Lit: Teaching and Reading Fiction in Urban Schools / Edition 1

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Overview

In response to concerns about teacher retention, especially among teachers in their first to fourth year in the classroom, we offer future teachers a series of brief guides full of practical advice that they can refer to in both their student teaching and in their first years on the job.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073378435
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Beyond the House an Mango Street viii

Chapter 1 Creating a Need to Read in the City Classroom 1

Chapter 2 "Feed the Block" Terrence Hughes 7

Teacher Focus Group Discussion: Street Lit: Too Much, Too Often, Too Early for City Kids? 9

Classroom Activities: Feed the Block 19

Introductory Activity: Journal Freewrite 19

Writing Project: Neighborhood "I-Search" Paper 21

Community of Readers Extension Activity: The One-Question Interview 22

Language in Context Study: The "Understood" Subject 22

Text Connections 24

Chapter 3 "Where the Time Went" Amy Alvarez 27

Teacher Focus Group Discussion: Keeping It Real: Authenticity and Responsible Representation in Urban Fiction 31

Classroom Activities: Where the Time Went 39

Introductory Activity: Bringing Something to the Party-Independent Reading for Literature Circles 39

Writing Project: Literature Op-Ed 48

Community of Readers Extension Activity: The Teacherless Literature Circle 53

Language in Context Study: The "Be" Verb in Dialogue 57

Text Connections 58

Chapter 4 "Permanent Record" by Elroy Gay, as told to Andrew Ratner 61

Teacher Focus Group Discussion: The N-Word 70

Classroom Activities: Permanent Record 79

Introductory Activity: Walking Around in Someone else's Skin 79

Community of Readers Extension Activity: Literature Improvisations 80

Writing Project: Copy/Change 82

Language in Context Study: Absence of Third-Person Singular "s" 85

Text Connections 86

Chapter 5 "A Good Girl (From the Bronx)" Amberdawn Collier 88

Teacher Focus Group Discussion: Girlz in the Hood: Gender Representation inUrban Literature 102

Classroom Activities: A Good Girl (From the Bronx) 112

Introductory Activity: Anticipation Guide 112

Writing Project: Narrative Detours 113

Community of Readers Extension Activities: Reader Reinvention (a.k.a. "Madonna" or "Diddy") 117

Language in Context Study: Code Switching 118

Text Connections 120

Chapter 6 "Snitch" by Grace Park 123

Teacher Focus Group Discussion: Now You Try It 124

Classroom Activities: Now You Try It 131

Appendix A "Snitch" (Version 2) 136

Appendix B "Snitch" (Version 2, Alternate Ending) 141

Works Cited 143

Index 149

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