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ERIC Number: ED527210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 224
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5024-7
Harlem on Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth. Language & Literacy Series
Kinloch, Valerie
Teachers College Press
In her new book, Valerie Kinloch investigates how the lives and literacies of youth in New York City's historic Harlem are affected by public attempts to gentrify the community. Kinloch draws connections between race, place, and students' literate identity through collaborative interviews between youth, teachers, longtime black residents, and their new white neighbors. "Harlem on Our Minds" is a participatory action narrative that makes emerging theories of social ecology real for the high-school English classroom. Vividly drawn lessons show how teachers can engage urban youth in school-based literacy, by linking canonical text, particularly of the Harlem renaissance, to current events. Centered on the literacy stories of two African American youth and their peers, this book for our times: (1) Showcases the multimodal literacy practices of urban youth through photos, writing samples, student-designed research projects, and more; (2) Weaves in multiple voices and perspectives through response pieces by project participants, local teachers, graduate students, and a community activist; and (3) Features teaching strategies and reflection points in each chapter.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York