The daybook defense: how re?ection fosters the identity work of readers and writers

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jeanie M. Reynolds, Lecturer and Director of English Education (Creator)
Amy Vetter, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Classrooms play a large part in shaping youths’ identities as readers and writers. Due to the pressures of high-stakes exams, for example, reading and writing identities are often defined by a set of academic skills that students can or cannot perform. Such rigid concepts of readers and writers often cause secondary students to believe that their literacy abilities are fixed (i.e., as struggling readers). This study explores how reflective conversations through a daybook defense (an oral reflective assessment for a writer's notebook) opened opportunities for students to redefine what it meant to read and write in two English language arts classrooms. Findings suggest that reflections opened opportunities for students to articulate behaviors of reader/writer identities and express beliefs about reader/writer identities. Implications suggest that such reflective opportunities can provide spaces for students to rewrite reader/writer identities in the classroom.

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Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 60(5), 37-41.
Language: English
Date: 2017
Identity, Writing, Literature, Instructional strategies, Instructional methods and materials

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