Writing America: Clasroom Literacy and Public Engagement

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Overview

This practical volume addresses teachers' most immediate and constant wish-to engage students in meaningful learning. Written by teachers affiliated with the National Writing Project, this engrossing collection presents examples of classroom-based community studies projects that showcase teachers' reflective practice in action, models for professional growth, collaborative staff development programs, and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807745274
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,333,576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue : keeping and creating teachers' learning communities 1
1 Overview : classroom literacies and public culture 8
2 Discovering the power of my place : personal journeys to a community focus 27
3 From personal research to community learning 39
4 A city too busy to reflect? : public history, controversy, and civic engagement 50
5 Uncovering a region's past to build community today : collaborative learning about Cherokee heritage 64
6 I belong to this place : claiming a neighborhood landmark 74
7 Composing communities : college students become real research writers 83
8 Learning to write as a community : embracing collaborative process and product 99
9 Writing a museum 110
10 Building community through performance activities 119
11 Composing history : linking community stories in a music-drama-documentary 132
12 History happened here : engaging communities of students and teachers 143
Afterword : keeping and creating American communities : American studies in theory and practice 157
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