Writing Suburban Citizenship

Writing Suburban Citizenship

Place-conscious Education and the Conundrum of Suburbia

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Baker & Taylor
<p>In the past century, more and more Americans have been migrating from rural areas and urban centers to suburban communities. As a result, the majority of American youth are educated in the suburbs, and the ways in which they learn to be citizens are shaped by their suburban surroundings. Because many of these communities are designed to support a "placeless" lifestyle of a transient yet demographically similar population, they are often disconnected from a regional history and culture. For practitioners of place-conscious education—education that seeks to ground the curriculum in local experience, both natural and cultural—this presents a challenge.<br>In Writing Suburban Citizenship, nine college and secondary writing teachers present suburban classroom projects aimed at exploring the watershed and the commonwealth of the region. Watershed projects, those concerned with the natural environment and ecological realities, include a unit on regional water issues and a naturalist almanac for a local park system. Commonwealth projects are concerned with cultural history, including an investigation of a community’s Native American heritage and a chronicle of multigenerational work histories. With these diverse and robust projects, contributors spotlight the myriad ways suburban students can build rich, authentic connections to their surroundings and create a sense of belonging to their community.</p>

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Noting that more students live in suburban areas than other spaces, this volume proposes a place-conscious education to create participatory citizens in the suburbs, where place-conscious education has been absent and where connections with the region's peoples, environments, and history are more difficult to see. College and secondary writing teachers who are Teacher Consultants for the Nebraska Writing Project present eight classroom projects aimed at showing students how to use writing to examine the watershed, or natural environment and ecological realities, and the commonwealth, or cultural history, of suburban communities. The projects involve investigation of water, local landscape, history, work ethnographies, Native American literature, and other topics. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Syracuse, New York : Syracuse Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780815634164
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Brooke, Robert 1958-


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