Change My Life Forever Giving Voice to English-Language Learners

ISBN-10: 0325004730
ISBN-13: 9780325004730
Edition: 2002
Authors: Maureen Barbieri
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Description: As a public school staff developer in New York's Chinatown, Maureen Barbieri realized that the 1400 students in her new middle school had stories to tell, questions to ask, and opinions to share. Their challenge was adapting to a new home and a new  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.38
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/2/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

As a public school staff developer in New York's Chinatown, Maureen Barbieri realized that the 1400 students in her new middle school had stories to tell, questions to ask, and opinions to share. Their challenge was adapting to a new home and a new language. Hers was helping them use English literacy skills to bridge their memories of China to their hopes for the future, as they came to value both their old and their new cultures. Through case studies and classroom vignettes Barbieri reveals the power of literacy to change students' perspectives and give them hope. In Change My Life Forever you will meet Yi, who works in her family's take-out restaurant where she does hours of homework each night; Cong, a booklover who yearns for greater expression in his new language; and Jun Jie who uses English to make sense of his emergence as a young adult in America. Hearing these and other stories, you will discover new ways to make room for your students' diverse voices while improving their literacy in English. As Barbieri's students shared their lives with their teachers, through daily interactions with literature and immersion in writing, they came to value English as a means of discovery and expression, and their skill with their new language deepened. With practical ideas, examples of student work, and specialized reading lists, Change My Life Forever will help teachers of all English-language learners enhance their own students' learning through the knowledge that literacy is central to the lives of all human beings.

Maureen Barbieri has taught middle school in New Hampshire, Ohio, and South Carolina. Since coming to New York, she has been a staff developer in District 2 and a divisional head at Marymount, an all girls' independent school. In addition to frequent consulting, she now teaches literacy courses in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, where she co-directs the summer writing institute. Her book, Sounds from the Heart: Learning to Listen to Girls (Heinemann, 1995), received the James N. Britton Award for Inquiry with the English Language Arts from the National Council of Teachers of English as well as the International Educator's Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.

Acknowledgements
Change My Life Forever: Discoveries in Chinatown
Bridges to Understanding: Swans, Dreams, Degas Dancers
Shaping a New Identity: J.J.'s Story
Holding Fast to Dreams: Cong's Story
Making New York Home: Yi's Story
Weaving the Texture of Life: A Place for Poetry
To Know and Be Known: Friday's Feisty Females
Where Are They Now?
Generations Book Lists
Other Picture Books for Use with Middle-Level English-Language Learners Learners
Poetry Books for Middle-Level English-Language Learners
Books in Classroom Libraries
Teachers' Book Titles
Works Cited
Index

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