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ERIC Number: ED367997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Julia, "Miss Rose Bell," and a Detroit Publishing Party.
Schaafsma, David
Bread Loaf News, v6 n1 p21-25 Spr-Sum 1993
The Dewey Center Community Writing Project is a community-based, summer writing program collaboratively designed by students, teachers, and community members in Detroit's inner-city. During the first summer of the project, fifth- through seventh-grade students, primarily from the Jeffries Homes (or "Projects") worked with seven teachers from the University of Michigan and the Detroit Public Schools to desk-top publish their writing in "Corridors: Stories from Inner-City Detroit." Julia Pointer, a student in the program, incorporated elements of fact and fiction in her story about Ms. Rose Bell, a long-term volunteer director for a service for unwed teenagers in the Jeffries Homes. Knowing that fiction is what she does best, Julia "made up" a person who had met and learned from Ms. Bell so that her story could be told in a "more complete" way. At the party celebrating the publication of the book of stories, Julia read part of her story and a poem. Students need the opportunity to write themselves out of their often troubled worlds. Educators must create opportunities for such students to share their understandings and their visions of the world. (RS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Detroit Public Schools MI; Michigan (Detroit)