ERIC Number: EJ1094119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Girls on the Fringe: The Writing Lives of Two Adolescent Girls
Pytash, Kristine E.
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v32 n4 p299-316 2016
Writing plays an important role in young adults' lives. It is tied to academic achievement and also provides young adults with a voice in social interactions, a way to express their feelings, and an opportunity to reflect on life events. This study explores the writing practices of 2 adolescent girls: Suzanne and Molly. On multiple occasions they had been suspended from school, attended an alternative school, and both had been incarcerated. Suzanne and Molly identified themselves as writers, as their personal writing served as a coping mechanism, a tool for communication, and a way to voice their lived experiences. Despite the power of writing in their lives, their in-school writing instruction was almost nonexistent.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Females, Writing (Composition), Delinquency, Coping, Communication Strategies, Self Expression, Case Studies, Observation, Literacy, Interviews, Comparative Analysis, Grade 9, Grade 10, High School Students
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools; Grade 10
Authoring Institution: N/A