Becoming (Other)Wise : Enhancing Critical Reading Perspectives

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-03-01
  • Publisher: Heinemann
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This book examines how teachers and their students can learn to respond to literature about cultural perspectives other than their own.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
About the Cover x
Introduction: ``There is no frigate like a book . . .'' 1(7)
Ruth Vinz
Occupying Spaces: The Mockingbird Monologues
Erick Gordon
Simplifying Complexities
Teaching Transformations
Dismantling Conflict
Working the Texts; Opening the Unpredictable
Setting the Stage
Creating Access
Beginning the Transformations
Keeping Things Moving
Creating Context
Workshopping the Drafts
Linking: The Chaotic Formation of One from Many
Life off the Page
Uneasy Moments: Volatility in the Process
Performances upon Us
Uneasy Moments Revisited
Ruth Vinz
Principle 1: Working Against Categorical Discriminations
Principle 2: Taking on and Learning from the Viewpoints of Others
Principle 3: `Talkinabout' or `Talking Back' to Literature, Each Other, and Society
Principle 4: Representing Each Other or ``I Don't Wanna Be Your Ethnic''
Principle 5: Avoiding Didactic Purposes
Exploring Fixed and Fluid Identities
Juliette LaMontagne
The Dialogue Journal
The Ibo Diary
Working with Oppositional Stances
Creating a Safe Space in the Text
Raising Their Voices
Ruth Vinz
Schooled Responses to Literature
The Story
The Transcript
Reflections on the Discussion
Competing Claims
Becoming a Reader
Listening, Learning, and Talking It Through
Greg Hamilton
Part I: Hana's Letter
Blurring Boundaries, Rules, and Accountability
Red Slippers and Spice Racks
Part II: Some Kids Know What ``Faggot'' Means and Are Just Homophobic
Literature Logs: Generating Self-Reflection and Mutual Perspective Taking
Complicating Social Constructs
Revisiting Hana's Model of Diversity Education
Part III: Redefining Relationships
Beliefs, Knowledge, and Experience
Teachers as Readers
Ruth Vinz
Who Are We in Purpose?
Teacherly Readings
Reading Song of Solomon
Textual Teaching of Morrison
Teaching in New Ways
Teaching Differently
Starting from Somewhere: Notes from a New Teacher
Bill Lundgren
A Context for Teaching `Somewhere'
Changing the Context, Changing the Somewhere
Unsettling Practices
Ruth Vinz
Unsettling Concepts About Students
Body Counts
``You Gotta' Dive Into Your Life''
Unsettling Purposes
Meeting Intentions
Erasing Difference
The Second Time Around
Beyond Determinacy
Day by Day and Night by Night
``. . . where you want to get to''
Greg Hamilton
Ruth Vinz
Erick Gordon
Juliette LaMontagne
Bill Lundgren
``To develop an eye and an ear takes time, support, and sensitivity''
``You can't see a whole situation from just one standpoint''
``Do you know what I mean?''
``As teachers we all start from different somewheres''
``We needed to push ourselves harder-beyond the smooth surfaces of talking about difference-to look at rougher places, cracks in the plaster of certainty . . .''
Where we want to get to . . .
Bibliography 167

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