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Writing Outside the Lines: Stories of Literacy / Edition 1

Writing Outside the Lines: Stories of Literacy / Edition 1

by Martha Marinara, Peggy Ellington


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Writing Outside the Lines is a reader based on the idea that non-traditional students bring a wealth of life experience and knowledge to academia. This multi-genre anthology encourages readers of all ages to integrate their knowledge from school, work, and home into the process of learning and creating a working nexus of life learning and school learning. Rather than being skills driven, this book enables readers to draw on their personal strengths while learning academic thinking. Ethnography is the book's controlling metaphor; readers are encouraged to observe and interpret academic culture without giving up their own. The readings include student work as well as vivid pieces from published authors. The book's apparatus encourages critical reading, classroom discussion, collaborative work, and writing that merges powerful personal narrative with strong public voices. For anyone interested in composition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205305100
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 11/18/1999
Pages: 343
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters include "Introduction," "Initial Reflection," "Pre-Reading Reflection," "Journal Question," "Final Reflection," "After You Read, Consider," and "Suggestions for Writing."

Why We Wrote This Book, A Sort of Preface.

How to Use This Book, A Note to Students.

1. School Literacy.

Jane Smiley, Consequences, from Moo.

Harold Rosen, Comrade Rosie Rosen.

John McPherson, Close to Home.

Johnny Connors, The Man That Spelt Knife Was a Fool.

Katherine Grigg, Frustration.

Tiffany Gay, Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice.

Langston Hughes, Theme for English B.

Mike Rose, I Just Wanna Be Average.

William Stafford, At a Small College.

Evelyn Freedman, Ready for Anything.

Bill Hall, Toothmarks in the Table of Time.

2. Work Literacy.

Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried.

Susan Orlean, Beautiful Girls.

Abraham Verghese, My Own Country.

Michelle Cook, The Great Blueberry War.

Elizabeth Berg, Nurse Wonder, from Range of Motion.

Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing.

Nancy Sommers, I Stand Here Writing.

Ben Hamper, I, Rivethead.

Jessica Marinara, Christmas for the Colorblind.

Sandra Cisneros, My First Job.

Chris Llewellyn, March 25, 1911.

Melissa Graham, A World Painted John Deere Green.

3. Home Literacy.

Les Wade, Grandma's Fruitroom.

Marti S. Baker, Circle of My Womanhood.

ShirleyBrice Heath, Talk Is the Thing.

Fannie Flagg, Preface to Whistle Stop Café.

Whiney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt.

Kim King, Grandmother's Kitchen, My Classroom.

Jeanne Leiby, Why I Read.

J. Nozipo Maraire, from Zenzele, A letter for My Daughter.

Pat Rushin, Zoo Welcomes New Arrival.

Jenny Joseph, Warning.

Chang-rae Lee, from Native Speaker.

Eudora Welty, Wordstruck.

4. Alternative Literacy.

Lillian Hellman, Turtle.

Alice Marriott, The Whole Plot.

Leonard Kriegel, Graffiti: Tunnel Notes of a New Yorker.

Timothy Guidera, Bowl's Eye View.

Jane Martin-Brown, Paths of Loss and Liberation.

Rita Nachtmann, from Pee Wee and the Wheelman.

Mary Sterner Lawson, Reading Faces.

Libby Bailey, I Am What I Am.

Nancy Hemingway, The Bracelet.

Dorothy Allison, from Bastard out of Carolina.

bell hooks, from Bone Black.

Fernando La Rosa, The Man.

Suggestions for Group Work.

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