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- DescriptionHello! The Magic Pencil Curriculum Guide was prepared to accompany the engagingly didactic vel for youth, The Magic Pencil. TMP is the only book discussing African American English and code-switching from a young person's view point. The Magic Pencil is both a mirror book as well as a window book. It's purpose is to uplift and inspire youth toward greater literacy by letting them see themselves and their peers in literature. This Guide will help the instructor introduce the book almost immediately once she has it in her hands! It summarizes each chapter with teaching suggestions and stimulating questions following. OBJECTIVES To encourage the uninspired, reluctant and discouraged reader to develop the desire to read for pleasure. To develop the desire to read for greater kwledge. To increase self-esteem; especially within African American/black youth. To remove the stigma applied to African American/black people when they use colloquial language. To recognize all people engage in this behavior. To understand that there are special and new words used when one is a part of a particular group (the language among computer technicians, for example) which may or may t become kwn among the general population. To increase vocabulary by creating a desire to kw exactly what a particular word means and how it relates to what is occurring. To demonstrate the opportunities available by learning how to effectively navigate unfamiliar territory t just through traditional education. To hor the first/home/community language of the speaker and to realize s/he is articulate within that language. To, thereby, foster a willingness in the person to adopt other ways of speaking while retaining his or her present mode of speech -- if desired and needed. To become respectful and tolerant of the differences in others. To focus on the commonalities between self and others. To foster self-respect, self-determination and self-reliance. To learn how to constructively debate over preferences and beliefs. To learn to be empathetic towards ather's problems. To work together for the greater good. To feel hopeful about the future. You will understand what the author's intentions are and will be able to mold them into what is best for your learners.
- Author BiographyAbout the Author Karen E. Dabney, possesses a BFA from The University of Michigan, and a BA from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is CEO of Dabs & Company, an organization dedicated to increasing literacy and instilling a love for literature. She has been/is involved with youth as a speaker, mentor, teacher, recreation supervisor, cheer leader and friend. Karen's publications include: The Magic Pencil, 44th Barack H. Obama The Commemorative Edition, Michigan Chronicle, For My People newspaper, Journal of Non-White Concerns, The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Newsletter, The University of Michigan Dearborn's The Michigan Journal, To the Poet in You, and Necessary Roughness: a published book of poetry for the poet, Safi. Karen attended writing workshops with the Voices of Our Nation's Arts Foundation (VONA) and The Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is a member of Gifted in Michigan, the International Reading Association, National Association of Teachers of English, National Conference of Artists, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Motown Writers' Network, Broadside Poets' Theatre, and Concept East/ Project BAIT/ Urban Theater Magazin. She is an Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc. alum. She spent over six weeks in Africa and has assisted and recruits others to participate in the program - begun in 1958 - the precursor of the Peace Corps. The Magic Pencil is Karen's first novel for young adults. Through the story, Karen has inspired, uplifted, and captivated reluctant and uninspired readers. The Magic Pencil imparts means and methods to increase their skills for successful navigation and mastery through self-determination and self-reliance. These qualities are fostered within the story by its empowering effect on the reader/listener. Karen feels she was born with a pencil in her hand. She wrote and illustrated her first real book, Unhappiness Is, at 14 years of age. Fortunately, the book is still extremely relevant! It sheds a comedic light on everyday situations and challenges and is appreciated by all who read or listen to it. Karen will continue chronicling the adventures of Malcolm and Nia as soon as she discovers what they've been into since The Magic Pencil was born. In the meantime, she promotes literacy toward keeping minds lit!
- Author(s)MS Karen E Dabney
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication05/07/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectEducation & Teaching
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight308 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Illustrator(s)MR Karl C Klein
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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