Foreword by: Andrea Lunsford
Publication Date: September 2, 2016
Series: Language and Literacy Series
In this inspirational book, LaMay shows readers how to transform classrooms and schools into places where youth can explore the intersection between literacy and their lives. This book is the culmination of a literacy curriculum that the author and her high school students wrote dialogically, beginning with their attempts to define love. Through real-life classroom examples, they demonstrate how an innovative curriculum that intertwines personal and academic engagement can create space for students to explore their identities, connect to literary texts, and develop agency as writers and thinkers. In this important contribution to literacy educators, the author shows how personal narratives can help students rebuild their fractured relationships with school and envision writing and academic achievement as playing a role in their futures.
Bronwyn Clare LaMay is currently a high school English teacher at Impact Academy of Arts and Technology, Envision Schools, in Hayward, CA. In addition to her K–12 work, she has taught pre- and inservice teachers at University of San Francisco, Mills College, Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley.
" Personal Narrative, Revised is a beautiful balance of writing, writing instruction, and theory. The book would be a welcome addition to any course, study group, or professional development that supports educators in creating dialogic and narrative spaces for students to cultivate meaningful connections between their personal and academic identities."
—Teachers College Record
" She reminds us that where radical choice is present, hope often blossoms."
"Heart and mind blend in this remarkable story of a teacher and her students working with courageous determination to create an education that values young people and gives weight and meaning to their lives."
—Mike Rose, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
"This wonderful book provides a vivid portrayal of what is possible for young people when teachers humanize writing and literacy education. Bronwyn LaMay demonstrates how enabling students to tackle ideas that are meaningful to them can produce both rigor and integrity in the learning process."
—Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University, author of Grawemeyer award-winning, The Flat World and Education
"In Personal Narrative, Revised, educator Bronwyn LaMay takes Toni Morrison’s concept of response-ability to heart and develops a powerful sequenced theory of narrative revelation. LaMay transforms this into compassionate praxis in order to empower students (and teachers) who sometimes find themselves needing to respond, endure, and triumph in the face of those same or similar worlds and odds confronting characters in the turbulent and prophetic narrative space of Morrison’s prose. Many theorists have compellingly argued in favor of the power and centrality of narrative in our lives (and the brilliance of Morrison), but here LaMay takes the claims further, risking its theoretical elegance for the sake of students whose lives, stories, and writing are clearly her greatest interest."
—Nigel Hatton, University of California
"An insightful, moving, and eloquent demonstration of the power of narrative to connect the personal and academic."
—Tom Newkirk, University of New Hampshire
2017 NCTE David H. Russell Research Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English