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December 1993
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Eating on the Street
Teaching Literacy in a Multicultural Society
Schaafsma, David
Inspired by an incident during a field trip in 1989, David Schaafsma has written a powerful and compelling book about the struggle of teaching literacy in a racially divided society and the importance of stories and storytelling in the educational process.

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David Schaafsma is associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. he is coeditor of Literacy and Democracy: Composition Studies and Literacy in Search for a Habitable Space, Further Conversations from the Students of Jay Robinson.
“An interesting professional resource for teachers, especially writing teachers, since Schaafsma explains how students were encouraged to write without having teachers' values imposed upon them. . . . It is fascinating to see how the theories of writing are put into practice in this challenging urban setting.”—Kliatt

"[Schaafsma's] conclusions mark as significant a point as to how we educate our nation's children as well as anything Jonathan Kozol has written over the years." —The State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin)

"A visionary approach to literacy for students at the margins." —Geneva Smitherman, Michigan State University

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David Schaafsma presents a powerful and compelling book about the struggle of teaching literacy in a racially divided society and the importance of story and storytelling in the educational process. At the core of this book is the concept of storytelling as an interactive experience for both the teller and listener. Schaafsma offers rich samples of students' writing about their lives in a troubled neighborhood. Eating on the Street offers stories by Schaafsma, his colleagues, and students to illustrate how talking across multiple perspectives can enrich the learning process and the community-building process outside the classroom as well.
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