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TR 53. The Case of the Singing Scientist: A Performance Perspective on the "Stages" of School Litera

By Anne Haas Dyson

Summary: This article offers a case study of a young African-American child in an urban K/1 classroom who used writing activities to perform, rather than simply to communicate. The child's assumptions about written language and texts conflicted in revealing ways with assumptions undergirding a "writing workshop" approach. The study examines the links between oral performance, literacy pedagogy, and the use of the explicit, analytic language valued in school. September, 1991; 34 pages.

TR 53. The Case of the Singing Scientist: A Performance Perspective on the "Stages" of School Literacy
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