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ERIC Number: EJ882907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Erika's Stories: Literacy Solutions for a Failing Middle School Student
Ma'ayan, Hadar Dubowsky
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n8 p646-654 May 2010
Erika was a failing student at a large urban public middle school. She was poor, Hispanic, bilingual, and had repeated fourth grade. She scored low on her standardized tests and was failing several subject areas. In class, Erika was a student who sat silently with her head on her desk, and rarely turned in any of her assignments. She was a disengaged learner. However, in this research, Erika found her voice and revealed that she had significant literacy skills that slipped under the radar of traditional assessments. Furthermore, it became clear that Erika was silent in school because most of her significant life experiences, such as gang wars, poverty, domestic violence, and teen sexuality, were not sanctioned and even stigmatized in formal school settings. From this research, middle school teachers can gain insight into ways to better develop literacy and conquer disengagement of urban students like Erika.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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