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ERIC Number: EJ759649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Pens on the Prize: Linking School and Community through Contest-Inspired Literacy
Jocson, Korina; Burnside, Sherdren; Collins, Mualimu
Multicultural Education, v14 n2 p28-33 Win 2006
This article looks closely at one instantiation of a poetry-centered practice as supported by June Jordan's Poetry for the People, specifically in the context of an inaugural poetry contest. It builds on an earlier empirical study, which investigated the partnership between Poetry for the People and one East Bay Area high school and the rich learning environment that this partnership provided. Within that environment students participated in a particular writing process that included generative themes such as racial profiling and self-affirmation. The focus of this article is Poetry for the People's presence in other school settings and the involvement of students through a contest inspired practice. Using participatory ethnographic methods, various types of data including audio-taped teacher and student interviews, video-taped student performances, participant observations, photographs of students in different settings, and student poetry artifacts were collected. Poetry for the People was instrumental in the proliferation of poetry in schools. Through the June Jordan Poetry Prize Contest with the continued support of the Poetry for the People program, students were provided a unique opportunity to read, interpret, discuss, write, and workshop poems that paid attention to the power of words in creating a more democratic society. The contest inspired not only students to submit entries, but also challenged teachers to innovate the teaching of poetry and, as argued throughout this article, to link school and community resources. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California