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Stories Inside Stories: Creating Successful Writers in an Urban High School

By: Judith Baker, Joe Check
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 4
Date: Fall 1990

Summary: Providing a group of urban high school students with the real work of producing a student newspaper allowed them to succeed in new ways as writers.

 

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However, more is involved than just technique. I believe the class works well because it gives students a means of control. In the journalism workshop, writing and publishing aren't ends in themselves; they establish control over learning. Up until now books have been stumbling blocks for many students in the class, but if they can write the book, they can read the book; they can get other people to read the book. Journalism is a survival course that covers politics, speech, communication, and traditional English.

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