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Identity Texts : the Collaborative Creation of Power in Multilingual Schools - Jim Cummins

Identity Texts

the Collaborative Creation of Power in Multilingual Schools

By: Jim Cummins (Editor), Margaret Early (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th June 2011
ISBN: 9781858564784
Number Of Pages: 190

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This book shows how identity texts have engaged school students around the world. The term identity texts were first used in the Canada-wide Multiliteracies Project to describe a wide variety of creative work by students, led by classroom teachers: collaborative inquiry, literary narratives, dramatic and multimodal performances. The identity texts that were produced held up a mirror to the students which reflected their identities back to them in a positive light.

The book presents brief case studies of identity text construction by educators and students in schools in North, Central and South America, in Burkina Faso and Rwanda in Africa, and in Ireland. These models of effective and inspirational pedagogy can be readily replicated or adapted in multilingual classrooms anywhere.

Jim Cummins and Margaret Early describe the nature of identity texts and how they relate to broader orientations to pedagogy and discuss two pedagogical frameworks within which identity texts have been integrated. They elaborate on the central role of identity texts in bilingual instructional strategies and highlight future projects which were generated by brainstorming among the contributors to this volume.

Identity Texts is essential reading for everyone concerned with developing appropriate pedagogy for schools and for all who work with multilingual children.

Jim Cummins is Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Margaret Early is Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

...has energized my thinking in this area. -- Stuart Scott * NATE Classroom *

Acknowledgementsp. x
Authors' biographical statementsp. ix
A Note on Terminologyp. xiii
Identity Texts
Introductionp. 3
Frames of Reference: Identity Texts in Perspectivep. 21
'I'm not just a coloring person': Teacher and Student Perspectives on Identity Text Constructionp. 45
The Case Studies
Case Studies of Identity Text Creationp. 61
Performing Identity Texts: A multilingual creative writing class in the State Prison of Oaxaca, Mexicop. 63
Multilingual Identity Texts in the Library Curriculump. 67
Creating Picture Books and Performance as Identity Texts in a Core French Classroomp. 72
Weaving Other Languages and Cultures into the Curriculum in International Primary Schoolsp. 78
'We're just like real authors': The power of dual language identity texts in a multilingual schoolp. 82
Identity Journals in Multicultural/Multilingual Schools in Greecep. 88
Multi-Language IdentityTexts + Internet Technology: A Case Study in Guza, Chinap. 97
'I Am Becoming More Intelligent Every Day': 'Non-native' English student teachers' liberating Identity Textsp. 102
Getting Students to Document Linguistic Diversityp. 107
The Multimodal Discursive Construction of a Dancer on YouTube as Identity Textp. 111
Identity Affirmation through Story Writingp. 115
Identity Texts in a Sister-Class Context: How are ELL students' voices heard?p. 119
Drama as IdentityTexts in Ugandan HIV/AIDS Clubsp. 126
Multilingualism as an Academic Resourcep. 130
Let Me (Re)tell You My Story: Creating trilingual identity texts at an orphanage school in Burkina Fasop. 135
Quilting Our Communities: Creating personal and collective identity texts through the integration of the Arts in a Grade 3 classp. 140
Identity Texts for Teacher Training in Multicultural Societyp. 145
Developing American Sign Language (ASL) Identity Textsp. 149
'It really comes down to the teachers, I think': Pedagogies of choice in multilingual classroomsp. 153
Referencesp. 165
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9781858564784
ISBN-10: 1858564786
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 30th June 2011
Publisher: Institute of Education Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.35