This paper will seek to investigate our oral fixation - standardizing language, controlling consumption, and regulating "appropriate" oral expression - especially in the context of an inner-city, low income, and minority populated school.

Author Biography

Alyssa Niccolini is an 11th- and 12th- grade teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She has also taught in Germany and South Africa. She presented last fall at the NCTE and NYSEC conferences on using R.I.P murals to connect community and curriculum.



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