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Rewriting the Basics Literacy Learning in Children's Cultures

ISBN-10: 0807754552
ISBN-13: 9780807754559
Edition: 2013
Authors: Anne Haas Dyson
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 8/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

What are the real "basics" of writing, how should they be taught, and what do they look like in children's worlds? In her new book, Anne Haas Dyson shows how highly scripted writing curricula and regimented class routines work against young children's natural social learning processes. Readers will have a front-row seat in Mrs. Bee's kindergarten and Mrs. Kay's 1st-grade class, where these dedicated teachers taught writing basics in schools serving predominately low-income children of color. The children, it turns out, had their own expectations for one another's actions during writing time. Driven by desires for companionship and meaning, they used available linguistic and multimodal resources to construct their shared lives. In so doing, they stretch, enrich, and ultimately transform our own understandings of the basics. ReWRITING the Basics goes beyond critiquing traditional writing basics to place them in the linguistic diversity and multimodal texts of children's everyday worlds. This engaging work: illistrates how scripted, uniform curricula can reduce the resources of so-called "at-risk" children, provides insight into how children may situate writing within the relational ethics and social structures of childhood cultures, offers guiding principles for creating a program that will expand children's possibilities in ways that are compatible with human sociability, includes examples of children's writing, reflections on research methods, and demographic tables.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The "Basics" and Society's Children: Cases of Classroom Writing
On Metaphoric Mailboxes and Textual Playgrounds: Basic Critiques
Neighborhood Drives: Places for Childhoods Past and Present
Basic Lessons and Basic Tensions
Welcome to Writing Workshop
The Classroom as Community: Working (and Playing) Together
The Basics and the Official Writing Lives of Young Children
Wide-Awake Children and Blinds-Shut Basics
Looking Good and Sounding "Right": Fix-Its
Kindergarten Fix-Its: Where Do Written Stories Come From?
st-Grade Fix-Its: Whose Voice Is That?
The Basics in a Symbol-Mediated, Voice-Filled World
The Ethics of Writing: On Truth and Ownership
"A Real Story About You" (The You That Is Not Spider-Man)
Your Own Story (The One That Is Not Copied)
Writing a Life Story (Or Writing in a Social Life?)
A Change in Angle of Vision
Writing "Basics" in Childhood Spaces
Shifting Expectations and Differing Ethics: Entering Childhood Cultures
Relational Fix-Its: "Put My Name in There!"
Organizing and Enacting Relationships: "Can I Play?"
A Caution About Developmental Order
Collegial Relations and Coordinated Actions: Textual Handclaps
Written Language and the Mediation of Childhood Cultures
The Relational Landscape for Textual Play: Situating Old Basics in Child Spaces
Complementary Relations and Improvisational Play: On Matters of Birthdays, Love, and War
Complementary Relations and Birthday Parties
Complementary Relations and Their Lack: The Complex Game of Love
From Complementary Relations to Collaborative Improvisations: The Pine Cone Wars
The Basic Dramas of Children's Textual Play
Performers on a Movable Stage: On the Malleability of Voice and Image
Storytelling: Communicative Resources and Social Stages
Rhyming and Singing: New Written Venues for Play and Performance
On Child Performers
Re-Imagining Writing Basics for Contemporary Childhoods
Contextualizing the Basics
Toward a Re-Envisioned Basic Education
So, What Do You Think?
Reflections on Methods
Situating Teachers
Copying the Children
Constructing Analytic Narratives
Demographic Tables
Sex and Ethnicity of Mrs. Kay's Children
Sex and Ethnicity of Mrs. Bee's Children
References
Index
About the Author

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