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Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle

Gender, Literacy, and Learning

By Edited by Lynne Alvine, Edited by Linda E Cullum
Foreword by Maureen Barbieri

    The careful research, heartrending stories, and comprehensive resource lists . . . will be invaluable to teachers, parents, and girls themselves.
    —Maureen Barbieri
    Author of Sounds from the Heart

The research is in on how gender bias affects literacy learning, and now it's time to put that research into practice. It's time to break the cycle of stereotyping that's inhibiting our girls' literacy development and help all of our students become more secure and discerning readers and writers.

In this important new book, Lynne Alvine and Linda Cullum provide real examples of classroom...

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    The careful research, heartrending stories, and comprehensive resource lists . . . will be invaluable to teachers, parents, and girls themselves.
    —Maureen Barbieri
    Author of Sounds from the Heart

The research is in on how gender bias affects literacy learning, and now it's time to put that research into practice. It's time to break the cycle of stereotyping that's inhibiting our girls' literacy development and help all of our students become more secure and discerning readers and writers.

In this important new book, Lynne Alvine and Linda Cullum provide real examples of classroom situations in which gender bias occurs and, more important, specific suggestions for addressing gender inequity in school contexts. You'll gain new insight into how reading impacts girls' lives and the importance of encouraging girls to take their reading personally. You'll also discover suggestions for working with nonmainstream girls, along with commentary on the underground literary phenomenon of "zining." Best of all, there are lots of suggested readings, teaching approaches, course syllabi, and other specific resources and strategies for transforming the secondary curriculum. Plus an annotated bibliography provides more than one hundred resources on gender-fair schooling and literacy learning.

"As English language arts teachers," state the authors, "it is our responsibility—and our privilege—to recognize the ways that literacy can help young women and men. . . . By becoming aware of the messages our culture sends through reading, writing, and visual representations, students can move beyond cultural assumptions. They can use their emerging literacy to expand rather than to circumscribe their horizons. This awareness is a gift that teachers can give to their students—and to themselves."

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Contents

Contents:
I. The Concerns 1.
Learning to Break the Cycle, L. Alvine & L. Cullum 2. Plastic Princesses, A. Fishman II. Transforming Curriculum 3. Reaching and Teaching Girls, J. Montelaro 4. Evaluation Brought to Life, K. Sanford 5. A Net of Relationships, A. Cross & G. O'Neill III. Adolescent Girls as Readers 6. Alice, Lolita, and Me, D. Appleman 7. Beyond Anne Frank and Scout, J. Hayn & L. Spiegel IV. Looking Beyond the Mainstream 8. Striking Out, A. Oldfield 9. Taking Black Girls Seriously, L. Spradlin V. Out-of-School Literacy Commitment 10. Who's at Risk?, E. Dutro, J. Sinor & S. Rubinow 11. Notes from the Zine Underground, K. McPherson VI. Selected Texts and Other Resources 12. Gender Fare, L. Cullum