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LEARN Marginal Syllabus (February)—Praisesongs of Place: Youth Envisioning Space and Place

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Our February reading for the 2019-20 Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN Marginal Syllabus explores the multiliteracies among youth of color who constructed tributes to the city of Detroit and envisioned strengths in their communities. Researchers Vaughn W. M. Watson and Alecia Beymer write about the after-school Verses Project at Detroit’s Community Music School. This article describes the multimodal processes of young writers as they compose in a genre the authors describe as “praisesongs of place.”


  • Vaughn W. M. Watson, Assistant Professor; Michigan State University
  • Alecia Beymer, Doctoral Candidate; Michigan State University
  • Charise McBride, Doctoral Candidate; University of California, Berkeley
  • Nobuko Fujita, Learning Specialist; University of Windsor
  • Christina Cantrill, Associate Director, Programs; National Writing Project
  • Remi Kalir, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado; Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus
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