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ERIC Number: EJ882350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0360-9170
Activists and Writers: Student Expression in a Social Action Literacy Project
Epstein, Shira Eve
Language Arts, v87 n5 p363-372 May 2010
This article centers the stories of two eighth grade students in the context of a social action literacy project. Their teacher designed curriculum that scaffolded opportunities for them to address English language arts standards while speaking out for social change. The students' responses to the project reveal their civic literacy practices, as they articulated complex political understandings through the application of reading, writing, and speaking skills and met related standards. The students and teacher's experiences in the project also call for an expanded view of language use in standards-based literacy instruction so to support students' civic engagement. Ultimately, the study of the project illustrates how English language arts curricula can reflect multiple paradigms, and the paper ends with related recommendations for teachers committed to both students' literacy practices and civic expression.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York