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Rewriting identities: Creating spaces for students and teachers to challenge the norms of what it means to be a reader in school

Hall, L.A.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 55(5): 368-373 (2012)

DOI: 10.1002/JAAL.00045 Information about DOI

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In this commentary, I discuss what reading identities are, and how they are defined, created, and enacted in schools by teachers and students. I then consider the positive and negative consequences associated with asking students to take up institutionalized norms around reading. Finally, I share how we can create spaces for students to talk back and rewrite the identities that are often forced on them by schools. I conclude by discussing the importance of creating reading partnerships between teachers and students.

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