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Reading, Writing, And Rising Up

Reading, Writing, And Rising Up

Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word

Authored By Linda Christensen

Table of Contents

My students walk out the school door into a social emergency,"Linda Christensen writes. "They are in the center of it. I believe that writing is a basic skill that will help them both understand that emergency and work to change it."

This practical, inspirational book offers essays, lesson plans, and a remarkable collection of student writing, all rooted in an unwavering focus on language arts teaching for justice.

"What a good and useful book! Read these beautifully written chapters and show them to teachers, so we can become the educators needed by our students. Linda Christensen ... gives us the tools to teach meaningful classes, to build good schools, and to work for a just society."

- Ira Shor, professor of English at City University of New York, and author of, Empowering Education and When Students Have Power.


"At long last, we have a book that both shows and tells how to teach students to produce not only 'pretty words and adept dialogue,' but 'searing analysis.' This profound work of emancipatory pedagogy brings together theory, classroom practice, personal narrative, and student work... a must-read for every teacher seeking to reach students that are 'unreachable.'"

- Geneva Smitherman, University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, and author of Talkin' That Talk: Language, Culture, and Education in African America.

Introduction

Introduction — vi
Acknowledgements — viii
A Poem for the Women in My Department — ix
Notes to the Reader — x

Building Community Out of Chaos

Building Community Out of Chaos — 2
To Say the Name Is to Begin the Story — 10
The Read-Around: Raising Writers 14
Where I'm From: Inviting Students' Lives Into the Classroom — 18
"Where I'm From"
by George Ella Lyon
"I am From Soul Food and Harriet Tubman"
by Lealonni Blake
"I am From Pink Tights and Speak Your Mind"
by Djamila Moore
"I am From . . ."
by Oretha Storey
"I am From Swingsets and Jungle Gyms"
by Debby Gordon
Sweet Learning — 23
"In My Father's Kitchen"
by Laura Tourtillott
"Abuelita"
by Alejandro Vidales
Childhood Narratives — 27
Elements of Fiction
Student Handout
"Neighborhood Hassle"
by Stephenie Lincoln
"My Name is Not Kunta Kinte"
by DeShawn Holden
"Super Soaker War"
by Bobby Bowden
Childhood Narrative Reading Analysis
Student Handout
Narrative Criteria
Student Handout
Discipline: No Quick Fix 37

Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us

Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us: Critiquing Cartoons and Society — 40
"Help Me Syndrome"
by Hasina Deary
"Looking Pretty, Waiting for the Prince"
by Lila Johnson
Dialogue Journal Strategy - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Student Sample of a Dialogue Journal - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Charting Stereotypes
Student Handout
Praise Poems — 52
"Tiger Eyes"
by Chetan Patel
"Gurl"
by Mary Blalock
"Kool-Aid"
by Jenelle Yarbrough
"Ode to Rocky Road"
by Erin Brock
"Dragon Dance"
by Loi Nguyen

Writing the Word and the World

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g>"Coming Out" by Kronda Adair
Forgiveness Poems — 66
"forgiving my father"
by Lucille Clifton
"Forgiving My Mother"
by Tanya Park
"Forgiving My Father"
by Justin Morris
Essay With An Attitude — 68
"Tar Baby"
by Khalilah Joseph
"A Woman's Silent Journey"
by Erika Miller
"A Bill of Rights For Girls"
by Mary Blalock
Introductions — Student Handout
Essay With An Attitude — Criteria Sheet
Essay With An Attitude — Student Essay Response Sheet
Acting for Justice — 81
"Tolerance"
by Joe Stivers
"Maurice"
by Justin Morris
Writing the College Essay: Creating a Vision of Possibility — 88
"Granny's"
by Alyss Dixson
"Saxophone"
by Dyan Watson
"The Children's Prayer Group"
by Chetan Patel
"A Lesson in Passion"
by Chelsea Henrichs

The Politics of Language

Teaching Standard English: Whose Standard? — 100
"Hey! Go Boy!" — by Thieson Nguyen
Reading, Writing, and Righteous Anger: Teaching About Language and Society — 105
"Finding the Inside"
by Mira Shimabukuro
"Grandma's Kitchen"
by Alisha Moreland
The Tea Party: Enticing Reluctant Readers to Read — 115
Tea Party Roles - Thousand Pieces of Gold
Tea Party Roles - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Tea Party
Student Handout
Celebrating the Student Voice — 121
"Rayford's Song"
by Lawson Inada
>"His Story"
by Masta Davis
"The Music Lesson"
by Sarah Stucki

Poetry

Poetry: Reinventing the Past, Rehearsing the Future — 126
"Celie"
by Lila Johnson
"Photograph, 1969"
by Katy Barber
"To the Coaches of the Year"
by Bobby Janisse
Promoting Social Imagination Through Interior Monologues — 134
"I Went Looking for Jefferson"
by Aaron Wheeler-Kay
"Vietnam: No Scissors to the Truth"
by Meg Niemi
"Jacob Lawrence - The Migration"
by Corinne Rupp
The Poetry of Protest: Martín Espada — 138
"Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits" — by Martín Espada
Remember Me Poems — 141
"Remember Amanda?" — by Amanda Wheeler-Kay
"Remember Sihaya?" — by Jessica Rawlins
"Mary" — by Erika Howard

Immigration

What Happened to the Golden Door? How My Students Taught Me About Immigration — 144
"Indian Kitchen"
by Frances Ram
"Hopeless in Vietnam"
by Danny Cang Dao
"When I Was Small"
by Jesus Rangel
Immigration Project
Student Handout
"What Are You?"
by Robert Smith

Portfolios

Portfolios and Basketball — 160
"Ode to Writing"
by Jessica Rawlins
Portfolio Evaluation: Pulitzer
Student Handout
"Where Poems Hide"
by Deonica Johnson
Writing Portfolio
Student Handout

Untracking English

Untracking English: Creating Quality Education for All Students — 170

Index — 183

Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word

by Linda Christensen


"My students walk out the school door into a social emergency,"Linda Christensen writes. "They are in the center of it. I believe that writing is a basic skill that will help them both understand that emergency and work to change it."


This practical, inspirational book offers essays, lesson plans,and a remarkable collection of student writing, all rooted inan unwavering focus on language arts teaching for justice.


"Linda Christensen has created a profound work of emancipatory pedagogy that brings together theory, classroom practice, personal narrative, and student work. She has distilled her 24 years with students in a rainbow classroom into a major accomplishment that is a must-read for every teacher seeking to reach students that are 'unreachable.'"
— Geneva Smitherman, University Distinguished Professor atMichigan State University and author of Talkin' That Talk: Language, Culture, and Education in AfricanAmerica.


Included:

Building Community Out Of Chaos

Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us

Writing the Word and the World

The Politics of Language

Poetry: Reinventing the Past, Rehearsing the Future

Immigration - What Happened to the Golden Door?

Untracking English

First page of To Say the Name Is to Begin the Story StoryCorps and our Zinn Education Project have teamed up to feature resources on the Anglicizing of names.  Featured resources include a teaching activity included in Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: "To Say the Name Is to Begin the Story," a community building lesson by Linda Christensen on the personal and cultural significance of naming. 


Download a free copy of the lesson here.


The other featured resource is an animation by StoryCorps called Facundo the Great. In his Storycorps interview, Ramón "Chunky" Sanchez recounts how names at his elementary school in Southern California were Anglicized. It’s a funny yet poignant resource that can be used at different grade levels.


Watch Facundo the Great:


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Reading, Writing, And Rising Up

ISBN: 9780942961256

Publication date: 10/07/2003

Paperback:
$19.95
E-Book:
$14.95