Our Worlds in Our Words: Exploring Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Multicultural Classrooms

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-12
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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How can teachers help their students to meet high standards of reading and writing while also preparing them to become thoughtful and productive members of a multicultural society? And why is it important to do this? In her new book, Mary Dilg brings us into her high school English classroom, where we see students reach across the social, cultural, and economic lines that divide them to build lifelong literacy skills. The book explores what happens when we introduce students to the words of a broad spectrum of American scholars, writers, and artists and then invite them to examine, debate, and negotiate the ideas presented. Dilg provides a safe space to explore complex issues and includes samples of classroom writing to demonstrate how students use their language arts classroom to make sense of themselves and their world.

Author Biography

Mary Dilg teaches English at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. She is the author of Thriving in the Multicultural Classroom: Principles and Practices for Effective Teaching.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A Note on Usagep. xvii
Introduction: Honoring High Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening in a Multicultural Classroomp. 1
Contextp. 1
Overviewp. 3
Of Studies and Communities, Standards and Possibilitiesp. 5
Contemporary Society, Standards, and a Passion for Learning in a Multicultural Worldp. 7
Introductionp. 7
Coming Together from a Divided Society: Divided Neighborhoods/Divided Livesp. 9
Educating for Meaning, Educating for Skills in a Multicultural Societyp. 14
Meaningful Standards in a Democratic Societyp. 16
Conclusionp. 20
Exploring Race, Culture, and Gender Through American Literature and Films: Understanding Self and Othersp. 22
Preludep. 22
Introductionp. 24
Reading for Real, Reading Americap. 24
A Journey Across Americap. 29
Reading Across Cultures, Examining the Lives of Men and Women: A Pedagogy of Multiculturalismp. 43
Conclusionp. 45
Reading Literature and Films Through the Lens of Class: Breaking Taboos, Examining Factors That Influence Class Membership and Mobilityp. 46
Introduction: Class in Students' Lives/Class in Artp. 46
Schooling and Classp. 47
The Power, Bonds, and Chasms of Class Through Adolescent Eyesp. 47
Classed Lives in American Literaturep. 50
A Curriculum and Pedagogy of Class: Crossing the Lines of Class in a Classroomp. 51
Teaching About Class: Dismantling Illusions, Challenging the Bonds of Classp. 61
Conclusionp. 64
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lives and Issues, Readings and Films: Countering Invisibility, Interrupting the Cycle of Homophobiap. 66
Prologuep. 66
Introduction: An Evolving Society/A Host of Questionsp. 67
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender American Literature: Coded Lives, Classics, and Best Sellersp. 69
Toward Openness and Clarity: Writers, Filmmakers, and a High School Forump. 73
Supporting GLBT Students-Supporting All Students-in the Classroomp. 82
Epiloguep. 83
Conclusion: A Place for Growing into Who We Arep. 85
Writing for Self and Others, Writing for Life: Speaking to Journals, Making Art, Building Argumentsp. 86
Introduction: Writing as a Tool for Observation, Exploration, Expression, and Activism-The Freedom to Write/The Support to Succeedp. 86
Writing for the Self: Speaking to Journalsp. 88
Writing for Others: Making Art, Building Argumentsp. 91
Writing for a Multicultural Audiencep. 99
A Passion for Writing in a Diverse Societyp. 103
Conclusionp. 104
A Multicultural Classroom: A Real and Precious Communityp. 106
Introductionp. 106
Building a Multicultural Community: Developing Habits of the Heart and Mindp. 106
Implications of Community Building in an American Classroomp. 115
The Larger Context: Looking Back/Looking Forwardp. 119
Conclusionp. 127
Referencesp. 129
Indexp. 139
About the Authorp. 149
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