This study of African American students in the composition classroom lays the groundwork for reversing the cycle of underachievement that plagues linguistically diverse students. It approaches the issue of African American Vernacular English in terms of teacher kwledge and prevailing attitudes, and attempts to change pedagogical approaches.
Arnetha F. Ball is an associate professor of education at Stanford University. She is the author of Carriers of the Torch and coeditor of Black Linguistics and Bakhtinian Perspectives on Language, Literacy, and Learning. Ted Lardner is an associate professor of English at Cleveland State University and codirector of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. His poetry and essays have been published in LUNA, Pleiades, and other journals.