ERIC Number: EJ776654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 27
Creating "Metaphorical Spaces" in a Language Arts Classroom
Wiseman, Angela M.
Language Arts, v85 n1 p43-51 Sep 2007
This paper describes a collaborative relationship between a community member and an eighth grade English teacher that was documented through an ethnographic study during an entire school year. The community member taught a weekly poetry workshop where students are encouraged to take risks in their writing and also take a critical stance towards various topics with their writing. The supportive environment and critical engagement led to what I refer to as a "metaphorical space" where students could use creative language to envision possibilities and communicate their knowledge while developing their knowledge of language and literacy.
Descriptors: Grade 8, Ethnography, English Teachers, Poetry, Cooperation, Workshops, Writing (Composition), Figurative Language, Literacy, Language Arts, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8
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