Playing Their Way into Literacies Reading, Writing, and Belonging in the Early Childhood Classroom

ISBN-10: 0807752606
ISBN-13: 9780807752609
Edition: 2011
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Description: Karen Wohlwend provides a new framework for rethinking the boundaries between literacy and play, so that play itself is viewed as a literacy practice along with reading, writing, and design. Through a variety of theoretical lenses, the author  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 10/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Karen Wohlwend provides a new framework for rethinking the boundaries between literacy and play, so that play itself is viewed as a literacy practice along with reading, writing, and design. Through a variety of theoretical lenses, the author presents a portrait of literacy play that connects three play groups: the girls and, importantly, boys, who played with Disney Princess media; ''Just Guys'' who used design and sports media to make a boys-only space; and a group of children who played teacher with big books and other school texts. These young children ''play by design''--using play as a literacy to transform the texts that they read, write, and draw--but also as a tactic to transform their relational identities in the social spaces of peer and school cultures.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Play as a Literacy
Rethinking Play and Literacy
Situating Play in Classroom Cultures
Theorizing Play as a Literacy
Overview of the Book
Playing School and Learning to Read
Abbie Wannabes, Nurture, and Family Circle
Play, Reading, and Literacy Apprenticeship
The Playing/Reading Nexus
Authority and Mediation in the Playing/Reading Nexus
Mediation and Discourses of Schooling
A New Basis for Play in Early Literacy Classrooms
"Just Playin' Around" and "Just Makin' Stuff" to Make a Space for Just Guys
Just Guys, Literacy, and the Boy Problem
Play, Design, and Multimodality
The Playing/Designing Nexus
Multimodality and Mediation in the Playing/Designing Nexus
Multimodality and Discourses of Production
Mediating for Inclusive Play Spaces
Boys and Girls Playing Disney Princesses and (Re)Writing Gender
Popular Media Texts, Productive Consumption, and the Princess Players
Play, Writing, and Identity Texts
The Playing/Writing Nexus
Improvisation, Revision, and Authority in the Playing/Writing Nexus
Productive Consumption and Gender Discourses
Teaching for Critical Engagement with Popular Media
Play as a Tactic
More Than a Literacy
Theorizing Play as a Tactic
Justifying Play
Play as a Literacy and a Tactic
Methodology-Researching Literacies in a Playful Kindergarten
Mediated Discourse Analysis and the Playing/Reading Nexus
Multimodal Discourse Analysis and the Playing/Designing Nexus
Critical Discourse Analysis and the Playing/Writing Nexus
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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