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ERIC Number: EJ835621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
Providing Access to Standard and Nonstandard Writing Conventions: How a Teacher Encouraged His Students' Use of Literate Identity
Hill, K. Dara
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v5 n2 Spr 2008
Grounded in integrated and excerpt style (Emerson, et al., 1995), this article chronicles Mr. Lehrer, an English teacher who provides his students access to standard and nonstandard writing conventions. Student writing samples and discursive practices illustrate enhanced awareness of distinctions between nonstandard language (African American Vernacular English and European American Vernacular English) and Standard English, against the backdrop of a suburban school experiencing problems of residency. Also examined is the historical construct that shapes current conditions and disparities between neighboring urban and suburban boundaries. In a climate where many teachers assume the home language of working class Detroit children is deficient, Mr. Lehrer's practices are improvisational, based on changing demography in his classroom, for he assumes competence and a space for all students to recognize that they appropriate a deviation from Standard English. (Contains 8 figures and 1 table.)
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan