What is it about?

This is about how two teacher-researchers came together to read a young adult novel and discussed the book through poetry. This served as a way to discuss the book itself as well as the topics of adolescence, race, and grief.

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Why is it important?

We found that poetic dialogue created a safe place to discuss difficult topics.


Writing this gave us the opportunity to collaborate and be transformed by the work. The vulnerability and reflection we brought to each other made each of us grow. Moreover, we found that this methodology (poetic dialogue) is a useful way to provide the same opportunities for our students.

Julie Hoffman
Springfield Public Schools

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This page is a summary of: Critical Social Justice Inquiry Circles: Using Counter-Story as a Counter-Hegemonic Project, Qualitative Inquiry, July 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1077800419859028.
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