ERIC Number: EJ860633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Historical and Contemporary Usages of the "N" Word: Deconstructing the Content and Context in a Multiracial, Middle School Language Arts Class
Watson, Dwight C.
Language Arts, v87 n2 p99-107 Nov 2009
The controversial and complicated nature of the "N" word is examined in a multicultural classroom project. Utilizing both old and new literature, pop culture, historical lenses, and contemporary interpretations, the word proves extremely relevant in today's language arts classroom. By examining students' perceptions and experiences as well as the author's own historical and personal insights, this article focuses on an implemented lesson plan at an urban middle school. The article frames the "N" word and the dialogue using the philosophical concept of presentism and the pedagogical idea of dysconsciousness.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Popular Culture, Language Arts, Middle Schools, Class Activities, Teaching Methods, Student Experience, Lesson Plans, Urban Schools, Interpersonal Communication, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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