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We Want to Be Known

ISBN-13: 978-1571100795
ISBN-10: 1571100792
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"...This book will be an excellent resource for the students in my middle level teacher preparation classes. Unless teachers really know their students and how they think, they will have a difficult time reaching hem academically and socially. The book's extensive annotated bibliography should prove a rich resource for lessons and discussions about gender roles and stereotypes." -- Middle Ground, February 1999

A mix of adults and adolescents concerned with the future of young women join together in this collection of essays to share successful programs and ideas of how to improve the future of girls. Contributors represent a mix of educators, writers, and students, and all focus on how they have learned valuable lessons through interactions within the classroom. The entries work together to show the many people in the education system who are aware of the inconsistencies of girls' education and are doing something about it. -- Voices of Youth Advocates, June 1999

The chapters, written by practicing teachers, are voyages of discovery, some of which are very revealing. The depth of analysis and the broad level on which the authors speak, go beyond reflection to offer some heady insights that many teachers struggling to connect with adolescents will find comforting and enlightening. Multicultural and lifestyle issues are included, this is not a WASP mea culpa. When taken as a whole the chapters provide a framework within which readers can safely analyze their own values and actions. While most recount efforts to connect with girls that were at least somewhat successful, they do so in a mode that is empowering rather than prescriptive. There are two insightful chapters by men, poems and stories by students, and lists of resources at the end. -- Education Book Review

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A flurry of recent studies show how concerned teachers and parents are about adolescent girls. What's been missing in the research are practical strategies for changing the curriculum and building communities that help girls grow up secure and strong. "We Want to Be Known", written by teacher researchers throughout the country, documents successful innovations. The writers show through the stories of their classrooms how they changed as they watched and listened to girls. Everything from including strong female role models in math and science, to developing service learning programs, to considering the special needs of minority girls, is presented in down-to-earth, teacher-to-teacher prose. You'll find detailed explanations of how to start discussion groups for girls, ferret out books that have strong women characters, and help male colleagues understand girls' needs.

"We Want to Be Known" also includes some eloquent poems and essays written by adolescent girls. The writing is a fascinating window into girl culture and is suitable for read-alouds and discussions with students about growing up female in America. The book concludes with extensive annotated bibliographies of recommended books compiled by teachers and young girls.


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