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by ReLeah Lent,Jimmy Santiago Baca

"Literacy is freedom and everyone has something significant to say." -Jimmy Santiago Baca

Fusing Jimmy Santiago Baca's talents as a writer of memoir with ReLeah Cossett Lent's expertise in building and empowering classroom communities, Adolescents on the Edge offers a completely new approach to reaching at-risk adolescents. Centered around conflicts and life-altering choices, Baca's gripping personal narratives-delivered through short stories and live-from-the-classroom videos-will resonate with students and provide rich opportunities for them to reflect on their own decision making. Through these stories and their accompanying activities, students witness the power of literacy and learn that their power, too, lives in the words they speak, write, and share with others.

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Adolescents on the Edge components

- The complete teacher's book, Adolescents on the Edge, describes the elements and professional understandings needed to cultivate transformative learning environments. After detailing the role of trust and dialogue in creating a classroom community, ReLeah presents proven strategies for engaging and motivating students.

The second half of the teacher's book provides new stories Jimmy has written especially for adolescents. Each story is reproducible and is supported by teaching strategies.

- An accompanying DVD welcomes your students into a real classroom to watch master storyteller Jimmy Baca in action. After the stories teachers can watch Jimmy and ReLeah lead students in follow-up lessons and reflect on their own practice.

The 10 stories from the teacher's book are also available in an optional book for students. Stories from the Edge enriches and extends Baca's critically acclaimed memoir A Place to Stand. In addition, Jimmy has written three more stories for students to read independently.

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Download Adolescents on the Edge: Stories and Lessons to Transform Learning epub
ISBN: 0325026912
ISBN13: 978-0325026916
Category: Education
Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
Author: ReLeah Lent,Jimmy Santiago Baca
Language: English
Publisher: Heinemann; Pap/DVD edition (March 29, 2010)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1874 kb
FB2 size: 1333 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 760
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The authors stories are nice but the classroom teaching and classroom management ideas were nothing new.
I gave this book 4 stars, because it makes a lot of relevent points about how to reach students, especially students at risk for failing. The first half of the book is excellent for theoretical pedegogy and the last half has fun short reads by jimi santiago baca with lesson plan ideas. A must have for all teachers, especially those that want to change students perception of reading and why it is important and relevent to student lives. It fell short of 5 stars because we didn't use the book well in my collage level class, but then I suppose that is not the fault of the book. It really is more than worthwhile
This is another book I ordered for a class, and it arrived quickly, was in great shape and I've been able to use it all semester
ADOLESCENTS ON THE EDGE has useful classroom applications whether you are teaching "adolescents on the edge" or not. It is an overview on how to build a foundation of trust in a classroom so students can talk, listen, write, and read about their own lives -- and all the better if the lives in question happen to be troubled ones. Included are chapters entitled: "Community and Trust," "Engagement and Motivation," "Challenge and Self-Efficacy," "Collaboration and Group Work," "Writing and Learning," and "Performances and Projects." While much of the material will be familiar to experienced teachers who have done any professional development reading over the years, some of it is geared specifically to the life and writings of Jimmy Santiago Baca, a man who used literacy to pull himself up from the morass of prison.

Part One of the book is 76 pages. These are the chapters above written by ReLeah Cossett Lent and include ideas you may have seen before from such writer/teachers as Kelly Gallagher, Jeffrey Wilhelm, and Carol Tomlinson (to name a few). After these brief basics, the book moves to Part Two, which includes ten memoir-like essays by Baca about his childhood in an orphanage, his days in prison, and his life as a free man. Each essay is followed by helpful writing prompts and ideas for teachers who would like to use the book in class to inspire personal writing by the students.

It is often said that memoir is more a female than a male genre and that boys do not like reflective writing as much as girls. This may be just the ticket, in that case, as Baca's tales are rough about the edges, to say the least, and will be very appealing to the boys yet still of interest to the girls. Most of the stories can be used with upper middle school grades, but chiefly they are geared toward a high school audience.

Warning: a companion book called STORIES FROM THE EDGE reprints the same ten Baca stories found in this book. It also includes three extra short essays, but overall it's the same as Part Two of this book. Apparently STORIES FROM THE EDGE is designed for schools that want to buy student copies for the classroom. Somehow I thought it would be student writings -- exemplars that came out of the workshops presented by Lent and Baca, but alas, no. So unless you plan on buying class sets, save your money -- it's all in this "teacher text," ADOLESCENTS ON THE EDGE.