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ERIC Number: EJ1032246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1175
Chasing Personal Meaning: Pedagogical Lessons through Luis Rodriguez's "Always Running"
Theisen-Homer, Victoria
Schools: Studies in Education, v11 n1 p34-56 Spr 2014
In this autobiographical narrative, the author recounts her experiences teaching the novel "Always Running" by Luis Rodriguez with her English classes at a high school in a gang-heavy area. When she first started teaching, this teacher struggled to engage students. One particularly disruptive student requested to read "Always Running," but the teacher initially resisted teaching the text. However, student interest in the novel endured, and the teacher finally decided to take a risk and teach it. She used the novel in both her freshmen "intervention" and junior English classes. Throughout the resulting lessons, the teacher formed meaningful relationships with her students, and both she and they learned valuable lessons about academic content, themselves, and humanity. Amid the unit's success, the teacher wrote a grant to bring the book's author to speak to the campus. Luis Rodriguez's visit served to deepen the novel's impact and emphasize the importance of finding personal meaning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California