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Walking the Talk: Examining Privilege and Race in a Ninth-Grade Classroom

by Kelly Sassi and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

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Walking the Talk: Examining Privilege and Race in a Ninth-Grade Classroom

Grades 8 – 12
Type Journal
Published July 2008
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English

 

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Kelly Sassi and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas describe their struggles and eventual success with students in constructing a “counternarrative to colormuteness and colorblindness”—the self-imposed student segregation and silencing of voice. Because of discussions during a Native American unit and student participation in a classroom intervention activity, interpersonal dynamics openly shifted for the better.

 

Sassi, Kelli, and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas.  "Walking the Talk: Examining Privilege and Race in a Ninth-Grade Classroom."  English Journal 97 : 6, 20 -25.  Print.

 

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