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ERIC Number: ED348891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sowing the Seeds: Literacy in a Clothing Factory. A Workplace Literacy Curriculum.
Burenstein, Benjamin D.
A project to improve the literacy skills of workers in a clothing manufacturing company is reported. The goal of the project was to teach practical workplace reading and writing skills using materials and requirements of the employees, the employer, and their union. The project integrated a skills approach with a creative writing approach. The curriculum was field tested with a group of 10 students, mostly Hispanic, from the Good Lad Company, a children's clothing manufacturer in Philadelphia. A professional teacher from the Center for Literacy was supplemented by volunteer tutors. This teacher's guide combines both general adult literacy curriculum components and components specific to the needs of Good Lad and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. The following topics comprise the units of the curriculum: introduction; initial language assessment; sewing and workplace basics; the Good Lad employee handbook and policy manual; the story of Sidney Hillman, who advocated collaborative management-union relations; and creating a class newsletter. Specific chapters cover such topics as workplace dialog and color, grammar, the factory environment, and vocabulary skills. Twenty-two student worksheets are included. Contains 9 references. (LB) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Center for Literacy, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
Note: Section 310 Project #98-9010.