Classroom Calypso: Giving Voice to the Voiceless
What happens when teachers relinquish the authority of truth providers ? Ninth grader Sasha Pringle, one of the student voices in Classroom Calypso, asserts that such a self-effacing posture empowers students by releasing the writer within, thereby fostering a critical, creative, and reflective disposition. Winthrop R. Holder re-represents students not as marginalized beings merely absorbing information but as subjects taking center stage and inscribing themselves into history. On their literary pilgrimage seeking self-knowledge, students, employing tale-telling, recast their classroom as a symposium – a place where popular culture orchestrates the discourse. This is an invaluable book for educators, parents, and anyone interested in understanding and facilitating the voices of urban youth.
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Finding an Audience
Denning Classroom Calypso
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On Becoming SelfDirected Agents
Why We Write? The Space Inside and Out
The Language of Resistance Enabling Subcultures of Criticism
A Hinglish Mi A Taak
Those Two Damn Girls
Discovering Ideas in the Soul
On the Pulse of History
Keeping the Flame Aglow
Engaging Race on the American Plantation
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Ghetto Soldiers on de Rize?
Getting It Off
Hooked on Ebonics?
Students as Ambassadors for Education
Enlarging Each Others Views
Becoming SureFooted Closing the Gender Gap?
Battling It Out
The Awakening of Consciousness
Maturing with a Voice?
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