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ERIC Number: EJ932797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Keepers of the Second Throat
Smith, Patricia
Rethinking Schools, v25 n3 p34-38 Spr 2011
The author's mother, an emigrant, wanted to talk right before she dies and so attended a free English lesson in their community. She recalls her father as a great storyteller and because of him, she grew to think of the world in terms of the stories it could tell. She became addicted to unfolding drama, winding narrative threads, the lyricism of simple words. The author hears other 50-year-old children tell the same stories of their parents, who spent whole lives trying to reshape their throats, to talk right instead of talking wrong, ashamed of the sound they made in the world. In this article, the author illustrates that like her, everyone is a storyteller. If there is a joy threaded throughout one's story, she suggests to sing it loud enough to rock the rafters. If there is triumph, pull everyone within the sound of one's voice into that circle of light.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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