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ERIC Number: ED531003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 152
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4331-1494-6
Invisible Girls: At Risk Adolescent Girls' Writing within and beyond School. Adolescent Cultures, School and Society. Volume 58
Lesley, Mellinee
Peter Lang New York
"Invisible Girls" is an examination of twenty-four at-risk adolescent girls' writing practices in a Third Space setting located within a school but outside of the confines of a regular classroom. Through a description of the girls' writing over a three-and-a-half-year period in this setting, Mellinee Lesley details phenomena that both support and suppress at-risk adolescent girls in their quest to achieve academic success through their writing practices. This book offers educators insights into teaching writing to adolescent girls who are falling through the cracks of the public education system in the United States. Much more attention needs to be given to the literacy practices and pedagogical needs of this considerable population of learners. As such, this book is poised to fill a void in the field of literacy for educators who want to prevent the intellectual abandonment of girls drifting invisibly along the corridors of schools. The table of contents provides: (1) "In Middle School, You Like Do the Most Growing Up": Exploring Writing with Adolescent Girls; (2) "I Got No Place Else to Go after School': Theories and Narratives of What Places Adolescent Girls "At Risk" for Dropping Out of School; (3) "If I Feel Like Writing, It's Easier": Adolescent Girls' Discourse Models of Writing in and out of School; (4) "My Poem to Someone I Loved and I Ruined It!": Dating Roles and Cultural Models of Gender; (5) "If a Girl Tell That Other Girl That They Not Afraid of Her That Turns into a Fight": Fighting for Power in and through Writing; (6) "My Mom Sometimes She Could Be Like Cool": Seeking Common Ground in the Labyrinth of Writing To, For, and About Mothers; (7) "I Have to Remember It's Writing and Not Texting": Composing on the Other Side of the Digital Divide; and (8) Writing in the Third Space as a Way to Bring At-Risk Adolescent Girls out of the Periphery of School.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A