Writing in Rhythm: Spoken Word Poetry in Urban Classrooms / Edition 1

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This dynamic book examines how literacy learning can be expanded and redefined using the medium of spoken word poetry. The author tells the story of a passionate Language Arts teacher and his work with The Power Writers, an after-school writing community of Latino and African American students. Featuring rich portraits of literacy in action, this book introduces teaching practices for fostering peer support, generating new vocabulary, discussing issues of Standard American English, and using personal experiences as literary inspiration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807747704
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2007
  • Series: Language and Literacy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Anne Haas Dyson     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Learning to Sing: The Emergence of a New Literate and Literary     1
Spoken Word Activism and the "Nu Yor Rock"     5
Outline of the Book     3
Soul Models, Rebel Voices, or "Who We Be"     10
The Bronx Diaspora     12
"New York City Belongs to You": Multiple Sites/Sights     15
A Note on Methods     15
Training the Jedi of Words: A Literacy Apprenticeship     18
"I Want to Hear Your Music": The Art of Reading and Feeding     20
Pearl's Symphony     23
Karina's Blues     25
Eli's Revolution     29
Kenya's Dance     33
"We Speak in All Tongues": The Politics of Bronxonics     37
"Wifen'"     40
"I Likeded It!"     44
"Y Que?"     46
Joe's Griots and "Exotic Dah-Dah": Learning How to "Catch" Words     50
The Uprising     52
Ron's Stream of Consciousness     59
"Nature Boys" and Bi-o-di-ver-si-ty     63
Modern Blues Writers: Lived Experience as Literary Inspiration     66
Pearl's Pearls (of Wisdom)     69
Daily Routines, or a Bluesfor the Boogie Down     72
"We See Ourselves as Travelers": Building Literate Identities     81
Manny's Manhood     84
From a "Knuckle Master" to a "Word Master"     90
Hearing Students' Music: Implications for Schools and Communities     92
Afterword   Joseph R. Ubiles     101
Student Information Chart, 2003-2004 Academic Year     103
Joe-isms     105
Resources for Educators     107
References     109
Index     112
About the Author     116
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