I Shine with the Rhythm: Rap Writing, Literate Identity and Academic Achievement
This presentation explores the writing practices of several young African American men, looking at the ways that the writing of rap lyrics affects their self-image and their academic success.
||Adolescent Literacy, Rap, Hip-hop, African American Youth
International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp.143-148.
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Susan Weinstein is an assistant professor of English at Louisiana State University, where she directs the English Education program. She earned her doctorate in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Chicago; her dissertation, "That ain't how I write": What teenagers know about literacy and learning, is an ethnographic study of ten young rappers and poets on the south side of Chicago. Dr Weinstein's access to these youths grew out of her previous position as a full-time English teacher at the alternative high school that many of the writers attended. Prior to living and working in Chicago, Dr Weinstein lived for three years in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she taught fourth grade, high school English, and creative writing. She is currently developing a writing program with a Baton Rouge alternative high school for "at-risk" youths.
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