The Brothers and Sisters Learn to Write: Popular Literacies in Childhood and School Cultures (Language and Literacy) (Paperback)

The Brothers and Sisters Learn to Write: Popular Literacies in Childhood and School Cultures (Language and Literacy) By Anne Haas Dyson, Celia Genishi (Editor), Dorothy S. Strickland (Editor) Cover Image
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Building on her groundbreaking work in Writing Superheroes, Anne Dyson traces the influence of a wide-ranging set of "textual toys" from children's lives--church and hip-hop songs, rap music, movies, TV, traditional jump-rope rhymes, the words of professional sports announcers and radio deejays--upon school learning and writing. Wonderfully rich portraits of five African American first-graders demonstrate how children's imaginative use of wider cultural symbols enriches their school learning.

Featuring lively and engaging vignettes of children who are often left behind by our educational system, this book:

  • Provides a detailed view of written language development from inside a particular childhood culture.
  • Shows that children bring a rich folk culture to school and demonstrates how they "remix" their cultural references to accommodate school tasks such as writing.
  • Turns the traditional educational view inside out by starting from inside a child's culture and looking out toward the demands of school, rather than starting on the outside of the child and looking in.
  • Provides concrete examples of how children's cultural literacy practices translate into classroom practices and, in turn, into practices of academic success.

About the Author

Anne Haas Dyson is a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Social Worlds of Children Learning to Write in an Urban Primary School, Writing Superheroes, The Brothers and Sisters Learn to Write, and with Celia Genishi, Children, Language, and Literacy: Diverse Learners in Diverse Times.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780807742808
ISBN-10: 0807742805
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication Date: December 19th, 2003
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Language and Literacy

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