Publication Date: April 6, 2007
Series: Language and Literacy Series
This dynamic book examines how literacy learning can be expanded and redefined using the medium of spoken word poetry. The author tells the story of a passionate Language Arts teacher and his work with The Power Writers, an after-school writing community of Latino and African-American students. Featuring rich portraits of literacy in action, this book introduces teaching practices for fostering peer support, generating new vocabulary, discussing issues of Standard American English, and using personal experiences as literary inspiration.
Drawing from literature in both literacy research and cultural studies, this book
Maisha T. Fisher is an assistant professor in the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University.
“In this book, Maisha Fisher invites us to pull up a chair and listen in as young people insert their own rhythms into school life….But this book is not a simple celebration of student voice. It is an ethnographic account of the teaching and learning processes through which lived (or longed-for) experience was disciplined into verbal rhythms.”
— From the Foreword by Anne Haas Dyson, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, author of The Brothers and Sisters Learn to Write
“Prepare to rethink the role of popular youth culture in the classroom. This work demonstrates some of the most respected theories of learning put into action through the roles and rules of young people's poetry. We leave this work alive and alert to ways that youth culture can transcend generations, everyday identities, and life disruptions.”
Shirley Brice Heath, Professor at Large, Brown University