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ERIC Number: EJ1200939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Powerful Participatory Literacy for English Learners
Brown, Clara Lee; Schell, Robin; Ni, Mei
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v62 n4 p369-378 Jan-Feb 2019
The authors showcase critical, participatory literacy as a motivator for English learners' literacy development. The urban middle school English learners reported in this narrative metamorphosed from reluctant to empowered writers when they inserted themselves into the local politics of school district zoning. Their investment in the zoning issue provided a base for learning argumentative writing as part of state English language arts standards. The students experienced writing as an action that brings about change after receiving a personal response from the superintendent of the school district: a profound realization that the way they view the world matters. Most important, they learned that as active participants, their voices can contribute to the making of a just society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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