Adolescents Rewrite their Worlds: Using Literature to Illustrate Writing Forms offers alternative ways teachers can engage young adolescents with the writing process using literature. The contributors discuss the values of writing in twenty-first-century classrooms and global societies, remarking that writing is first a personal exploration that is informed by cultural practices. Therefore culture is quite central in how we approach, explore, and express through any medium. The chapters consider ways to motivate students to become critically-conscious and active writers who are aware of their surrounding world, and the competing multiple discourses in which they are positioned. This requires intimate knowledge of audience, purpose, and genre and/or writing forms. We provide practical advice for teachers who wish to guide their students toward these goals.
Additional features of this book include: *Authors/Contributors' professional experiences of teaching writing using literature *Practical pedagogical practices that may transform the way teachers teach writing and use literature *Interviews with authors that give insight into their writing process *Writing practices for twenty-first-century adolescents using new literacies
Vivian Yenika-Agbaw is associate professor of education at Penn State University, University Park where she teaches children's and adolescent literature. Teresa Sychterz is a professor of education at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA where she teaches graduate children's literature and writing courses and supervises student teachers.
Contents List of Tables Acknowledgments Foreword:Patrick Shannon Chapter 1: Literature: Art, Tool and More Vivian Yenika-Agbaw Chapter 2:The Transformative Power of Children's Literature in the Classroom Teresa Sychterz Chapter 3:Writing Public Service Announcements and Genre Jabs Jason Griffith Chapter 4:Using Photo Story to Rewrite the Classics Jason Griffith Chapter 5:Multi-genre Projects and the Urban Classroom: An Examination of Language and Critical Literacy Donna-Marie Cole-Malott Chapter 6:Digital Literacy: Writing Biographies Jason Moser Chapter 7:Literature Responses and Academic Writing Vivian Yenika-Agbaw Chapter 8:Chatting with Artists Mary Napoli & Sychterz Chapter 9:Graphic Novels Comes Alive in a Sixth Grade Classroom Mary Napoli & Teresa Sychterz Appendix A:Transformative Teaching Practices Appendix B:Teaching Resources Contributor's Biography