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Voicing Ourselves: Whose Words We Use When We Talk about Books
     

Voicing Ourselves: Whose Words We Use When We Talk about Books

by Christian Knoeller, Sarah Warshauer Freedman
 

ISBN-10: 0791436578

ISBN-13: 9780791436578

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Using Bakhtinian theory, this study reveals how and why readers routinely refer to the words and ideas of others to interpret the meanings and implications of the books they read.

In a public high school classroom in the San Francisco Bay area, a group of twelfth graders have decided themselves to enroll for Advanced-Placement English. Faced with

Overview

Using Bakhtinian theory, this study reveals how and why readers routinely refer to the words and ideas of others to interpret the meanings and implications of the books they read.

In a public high school classroom in the San Francisco Bay area, a group of twelfth graders have decided themselves to enroll for Advanced-Placement English. Faced with unprecedented diversity for such a class in terms of academic and ethnic backgrounds, veteran teacher Joan Cone dared to trust her students to lead their own discussions of a variety of provocative authors including Baldwin, Didion, Malcolm X, and Woolf. Voicing Ourselves examines a year's worth of such sessions, revealing how a teacher's role is transformed, and, moreover, offering an important component in any teacher's repertoire of instructional strategies: student-led discussion. Above all, the book shows the startling success of students licensed to engage one another directly in talk about books, revealing the richly social tapestry of such conversations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791436578
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
SUNY series, Literacy, Culture, and Learning: Theory and Practice Series
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Sarah Warshauer Freedman

Acknowledgments

1. Why Voice Matters When Talking About Books

Voice in Writing

Bakhtin's Theories of Voicing

Responding to Literature

Relationships Between Oral and Written Language

2. How This Study Was Conducted

Setting and Participants

Data Collection Procedures

Classroom Discourse Data Analysis

3. The Place of Voicing During Student-led Discussions

Varieties of Voicing: Whose Words Are Represented?

The Frequency of Voicing

Whose Words Are Voiced: The Influence of Texts and Teachers

Why Patterns of Voicing Differ Across Discussions

Student Voices: Negotiating Interpretations

4. The Art of Retelling: Voicing Authors

The Textual Category

An Overview of Textual Voicing Across Works

Voicing Authors

Student Voices: Negotiating Interpretations

5. The World of the Work: Voicing Characters and Groups

Voicing Characters

Voicing Societal Groups

Student Voices: Negotiating Interpretations

6. Dialectic and Dialogue: Voicing Self and Other

The Interactional Category

An Overview of Interactional Voicing Across Works

Voicing Other Students

Voicing Self

Propositions

Student Voices: Negotiating Interpretations

7. The Work in the World: Contextual Voicing

The Contextual Category

The Range of Contextual Voices

Contextual Voicing in Context

Student Voices: Negotiating Interpretations

8. What Voicing Reveals About Teaching

Orchestrating Student-led Discussions

Implications of this Study

How Voicing Shapes Classroom Talk and Learning

Appendix A. Transcription Conventions

Appendix B. Focal Student Selection

Appendix C. The Great Divide Revisited: A Postscript for Linguists

Works Cited

Author Index

Subject Index

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