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When Poverty's Children Write: Celebrating Strengths, Transforming Lives / Edition 1

When Poverty's Children Write: Celebrating Strengths, Transforming Lives / Edition 1

by Bobbie A. Solley
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The richness in every child's voice reaches out to be heard. Yet many underprivileged children's words are muffled, never to be acknowledged, destined only to become white noise beneath childhood-poverty statistics. You can do something about it.

When Poverty's Children Write addresses the unique challenges that teachers face when teaching disadvantaged children to write. Bobbie Solley begins by identifying the unique characteristics of oral language and print knowledge that poor children typically bring with them to school. Then she argues against a deficit-based approach, demonstrating instead strategies, activities, and classroom dynamics that capitalize on students' strengths and innate knowledge to build written-language skills.

Solley examines classroom rites and rituals and suggests techniques that foster a trustful, respectful, and collaborative environment that promotes active writing. She tells the stories of real children who come from impoverished homes, showing you in powerful examples how by celebrating every child's voice you encourage them toward literacy habits, and how by understanding the specific needs of poverty's children your teaching moves away from struggling with student deficits and toward supporting student success.

Read When Poverty's Children Write and loosen the grim grip of poverty from the voices of your students. Show them the hope that literacy can bring and then watch as joyful writing fills your classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900325007518
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 07/25/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Bobbie Solley is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy and writing. She is also a writing consultant and works in schools both in Tennessee and Alabama that serve children from disenfranchised homes.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Patrick Shannon

Introduction Poverty's Children Building Trust and Community Constructing Literacy from the Bottom Up Structures That Teach Instruction Wandering and Wondering Conclusion

Appendices: Directions for Flip Book Directions for Making Cube Books That Build Community and Encourage Critical Thinking Cultural Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folktales Patterned Books Poetry Culturally Diverse Nursery Rhymes Books About Families Books for Classifying Sample Checklists Self-Assessment Checklists Sample Rubrics Children's Literature Bibliography


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