|Living Poverty and Literacy Learning: Sanctioning Topics of Students' Lives|
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Pockets: Teachers College Faculty, Curriculum & Teaching (Department), Curriculum and Teaching (Program), Teachers College Program Collections, Stephanie Jones Collection
Tags: Academic achievement, Elementary school students, literacy, Poverty
Description/Abstract: Teachers' response to stories of poverty can either calm or confirm children's experiences. Here, Jones talks about her experience talking to Cadence, a young white girl who attends a K-8 elementary school in a predominantly white, high-poverty urban neighborhood. Jones admits that in conversing with Cadence, she realized that children would reveal their lives - lives that are lived in class - through their stories and their connections to literature.