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ERIC Number: EJ906298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
The Outcast Comes in: Grappling with Physical Disability in the Literacy Classroom
Reid, Elizabeth Park
English Journal, v100 n2 p105-109 Nov 2010
In this article, the author describes the experience of her daughter with a physical disability who finds her voice in writing and a community in sports. As a teacher and mother, the author learns what works as she watches her daughter, Abby, finally find success in school through writing and sports. The author discusses how to plan instruction in ways that will support students whose physical abilities make them different from their peers. She also discusses how to create positive learning environments for all students. Abby's experience demonstrates that those who teach their students to read and write to grow as human beings can help their students effect startling changes. Those changes can be for better or worse, and while Abby experienced both, she was fortunate in the teachers who helped her find her voice, speak for herself, and command respect through her writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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