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ERIC Number: ED410588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Exchanging Lives: Middle School Writers Online.
This book, which began as a teacher research project, goes inside the Anne Frank Conference, an online literary exchange among middle school students, to examine how the conference experience has fundamentally changed who the students are as writers. The book provides background by discussing the implementation of the Bread Loaf Rural Teachers Network (BLRTN)--a network of teachers from Arizona, Alaska, Vermont, South Carolina, Mississippi, and New Mexico--which grew from the recognition that rural teachers have limited staff development and collaboration opportunities, as compared to teachers in urban areas, and generally lag behind the educational mainstream in terms of technology and equity of funding. The book also sets the stage by "going to" Europe just prior to World War II and presenting various aspects of the historical period. Then, the book looks closely at the writing itself, using a specific taxonomy developed to better understand the new literacy which is emerging. Noting that the writing that emerged was striking in its quality and honesty, the book finds that individual responses to the "Diary of Anne Frank" grew into an online dialogue about growing up, human nature, literature, life, and more. One particular student's experience as a participant in the Anne Frank Conference is recounted in detail in the book. Finally, some of the implications of the online exchange are discussed in terms of the literacy of the students and of the participating teachers. (NKA)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Literature Appreciation, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Online Systems, Rural Education, Teacher Role, Writing (Composition)
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 (NCTE Stock No. 16434-3050: $11.95 members, $15.95 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.