Literary Practices As Social Acts: Power, Status, and Cultural Norms in the Classroom

1st Edition

Cynthia Lewis

Routledge
Published July 1, 2001
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9780805836783 - CAT# ER6019

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Summary

This book examines the social codes and practices that shape the literary culture of a combined fifth/sixth-grade classroom. It considers how the social and cultural contexts of classroom and community affect four classroom practices involving literature--read aloud, peer-led literature discussions, teacher-led literature discussions, and independent reading--with a focus on how these practices are shaped by discourse and rituals within the classroom and by social codes and cultural norms beyond the classroom. This book's emphasis on intermediate students is particularly important, given the dearth of studies in the field of reading education that focus on readers at the edge of adolescence.

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