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Street Literature and African-American Girls

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A discussion about the phenomena of Street Literature and African-American Girls.

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Street Literature and African-American Girls

  1. 1. Street Lit. and African- American Girls K.C. Boyd Library Media Specialist-Educator-Advocate
  2. 2. This Presentation Is Dedicated To The Memory Of: Tamir Rice Laquan McDonald
  3. 3. Street Lit. and African- American Girls K.C. Boyd Library Media Specialist-Educator-Advocate
  4. 4. Women’s History Month
  5. 5. Women’s History Month Dr. Carla Hayden Former ALA President Director of the Pratt Library in Baltimore Librarian of Congress Nominee
  6. 6. Women’s History Month https://www.pinterest.com/boydkc
  7. 7. MY STORY…
  8. 8. East St. Louis School District #189 East St. Louis, Illinois Wendell Phillips Academy High School Chicago, Illinois HIGH SCHOOLS
  9. 9. Listen Be Patient Establish Trust Keep Listening Identify Resources Deliver and Observe
  10. 10. THEORY AND PRACTICE
  11. 11. Accelerated Reader Lexile Scores Common Core PARCC
  12. 12. Free Voluntary Reading - (FVR) Reading because you want to. For school age children there is no book report, questions at the end of the chapter, and no looking up every vocabulary word. Children simply read for pleasure. Stephen D. Krashen
  13. 13. GENRES
  14. 14. FAVORITE GENRES Anime/Manga Street Literature/Street Lit.
  15. 15. Phillips Anime Club Website http://ninjahouse.weebly.com Members Only Page Phillips Anime/Manga Website http://ninjahouse.weebly.com
  16. 16. POPULAR ANIME BOOK SERIES Bleach Dragon Ball Z Naruto One Piece Wolf Children
  17. 17. TECHNOLOGY - Animation Creator Anime Manga Club Meeting - February https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FlhlJFujLk
  18. 18. Anime Manga Club Meeting - February https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FlhlJFujLk
  19. 19. BLACK HISTORY MONTH MUSIC VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FlhlJFujLk
  20. 20. MID-WEST ANIME CONVENTION Rosemont, Illinois
  21. 21. BENEFITS OF READING ANIME/MANGA Celebrate Anime/Manga, and learn about Japanese culture. Interaction with fellow Anime/Manga enthusiasts. The genre is directly related to the interests of this special group of teens. By reading this genre of books, the teens reading fluency will increase.
  22. 22. GENRES
  23. 23. BACK IN THE DAY... First began using the genre with my 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Began blogging about Street Literature because of the lack of critical reviews. (i.e. School Library Journal, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly etc.) and other librarians requested my opinion about the books.
  24. 24. THEORY AND PRACTICE
  25. 25. Street Literature is a literary genre "where the stories, be they fiction or nonfiction,” are consistently set in urban, inner-city enclaves. Street Literature of yesteryear and today, by and large, depicts tales about the daily lives of people living in lower income city neighborhoods. This characteristic spans historical timelines, varying cultural identifications, linguistic associations, and various format designations." Dr. Vanessa Irvin The Readers' Advisory Guide to Street Literature, 2011 Street Literature Book Award Medal http://www.streetliterature.com/p/slbam.html
  26. 26. HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
  27. 27. Conversations at the Circulation Desk #4 Peer Reader’s Advisory
  28. 28. WHY IS STREET LITERATURE SO APPEALING TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEEN GIRLS? . The stories reflect the communities that the students reside in. The stories are relatable and describe the struggle and life experience of today’s tees. The stories serve as cautionary tales. The stories are complex and challenge advanced and struggling readers
  29. 29. WHY IS STREET LITERATURE SO APPEALING TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEEN GIRLS? They possess the emotional maturity to handle and understand the content of the genre. Discussions about boyfriends, sex and life’s challenges are dominant themes. This genre meets the needs of a group of library patrons that have been historically ignored.
  30. 30. STREET LIT. NOOK CLUB
  31. 31. FAVORITE YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS Earl Sewell Kelli London Nikki Carter Ni-Ni Simone Paul Langan Peggy Kern RaShonda Tate Billingsly
  32. 32. SKYPE SESSION WITH AUTHOR NI-NI SIMONE
  33. 33. FAVORITE ADULT AUTHORS Ashley and JaQuavis K’wan Nikki Turner Omar Tyree Sista Souljah Teri Woods Treasure Blue Wahida Clark
  34. 34. Challenges Using Street Lit. Parents dislike of the genre. Teachers complained that the students were reading the books. Library selection policy must reflect the use of the books for middle and high school readers. Circulation issues i.e. damaged books, lost/stolen books
  35. 35. Conversations at the Circulation Desk #1 Peer Reader’s Advisory -
  36. 36. Ten Points About Street Literature 1. All stories have VALUE, regardless of the lens/perspective it's told from. 2. Who are any of us (librarians/reading specialists/educators) to say Street Literature is not a genre? 3. Street Literature is a genre that should be in all library collections for teens and adults. As should other books that celebrate various subjects and cultures. 4. To make excuses (I've heard many of them) not to include them is just plain sad and a disservice to your patrons. 5. Street Literature is a genre that should not be ignored by librarians. This genre has served as a catalyst to jump start reluctant readers to read more frequently.
  37. 37. Ten Points About Street Literature 6. Street Literature has provided a pipeline for readers to learn/understand communities unlike their own. 7. From my personal experience, many critics of Street Literature have not read one book within the genre or a body of work representing various authors and reading levels. 8. Many critics of Street Literature just don't understand it. Just think about it: What happens when we don't understand something....We reject it. 9. Many librarians have Young Adult Street Literature books within their collections, and are unaware of their genre classification. 10. Urban Fiction/Street Literature is here to stay....deal with it.
  38. 38. ADVOCACY
  39. 39. TOOLS AND RESOURCES
  40. 40. TOOLS AND RESOURCES Street Lit. Book Award Medal http://www.streetliterature.com/p/slbam.html
  41. 41. TOOLS AND RESOURCES Streetfiction.org http://streetfiction.org
  42. 42. TOOLS AND RESOURCES Collection Development for School Libraries http://www.slideshare.net/kcboyd
  43. 43. Twitter: @Boss_Librarian Instagram: @Boss_Librarian Pinterest: BoydKC

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