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ERIC Number: EJ795469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5400
Weaving Multiple Dialects in the Classroom Discourse: Poetry and Spoken Word as a Critical Teaching Tool
Desai, Shiv Raj; Marsh, Tyson
Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, v9 n2 p71-90 Fall-Win 2005
Spoken word is a form of poetry that utilizes the strengths of the communities: oral tradition, call-and-response, home languages, storytelling, and resistance. Spoken word poetry is usually performed for an audience and must be heard. The authors are interested in investigating how spoken word can be utilized as a critical teaching tool that can be employed to foster critical consciousness, dialogue, and action. In other words, how students can reflect and articulate their lived experiences while envisioning new possibilities. In this paper, the authors provide an overview of some of the key ideas and concepts of Critical Pedagogy, Critical Race Theory, and Critical Literacy studies. Through an examination of the major components of Critical Pedagogy, they evidence the libratory potential of spoken word. In offering an overview of Critical Race Theory, they highlight the practice of counter-storytelling as a central theme of spoken word. An analysis of Critical Literacy studies provides insights into the reading of the word and the world and the multiple discourses employed and elicited in spoken word. Following this analysis, the authors draw upon their work at LAX High School (Los Angeles), where they have employed poetry and spoken word poetry to connect with their students. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; United States