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ERIC Number: EJ809339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1074-4762
Who Is DeAndre? Tapping the Power of Popular Culture in Literacy Learning
Gainer, Jesse
Voices from the Middle, v16 n1 p23-30 Sep 2008
Gainer talks about the importance of connecting students' background knowledge, experiences, and interests to curricular goals. He highlights the voice of DeAndre, an eighth-grade boy in special education classes, whose participation in an after-school club led to the creation of a video. According to Gainer, "[W]hen given the opportunity to engage with popular culture as a text, DeAndre was a highly organized, self-confident, and caring leader who coached, scaffolded, and taught others using a variety of high-level literacy competencies." DeAndre's experiences reflect the power of popular culture in helping us build bridges between students' in-school and out-of-school literacies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas