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Adolescents on the Edge: Stories and Lessons to Transform Learning
"Literacy is freedom and everyone has something significant to say." -Jimmy Santiago Baca Fusing Jimmy Santiago Baca's talents as a writer of memoir with ReLeah Cossett Lent's expertise in building and empowering classroom communities, "Adolescents on the Edge "offers a completely new approach to reaching at-risk adolescents. Centered around conflicts and life-altering cho ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 29th 2010 by Heinemann Educational Books
(first published 2010)
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ADOLESCENTS ON THE EDGE is co-written by ReLeah Cossett Lent and Jimmy Santiago Baca (Jimmy gets chief billing on the cover because he's a more famous commodity, apparently). Part One, ReLeah's, is 76 pages of how-to basics on building a class based on trust where kids can let their defenses down and talk and write about their lives on such a personal level that you will be amazed! If you're a veteran of the professional development books market, there's little new here and a lot you've seen bef ...more
I enjoyed this professional book. The beginning is an academic review of best practices aimed at building an effective writing workshop/classroom community. The second section of the book is built of short stories from Baca's life. There are great writing and thinking prompts following each story. Baca's works speak to the underrepresented and often overlooked segments of society. Those of us in Title I schools will find much we can use here. Please note that some if his topics are mature in nat ...more
Dec 01, 2011 Paul Hankins rated it 5 of 5 stars
Super invitations to listen/share/write with Jimmy Santiago Baca working with students from ReLeah Cossett Lent's students. The DVD has short stories by Baca with an invitation to share out after doing some stretch writing.