Relationships between African American vernacular English and the acquisition of literacy and standard English





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The research question addressed is: How might a team of expert teachers evaluate a workbook describing the history and structure of African American Vernacular (AAVE) English as well as its relationship to the acquisition of Standard English and literacy? This paper documents one teacher's attempt to raise teacher awareness of AAVE, also know as Ebonics or Black English. The teacher creates a workbook that explains the history and structure of AAVE and best practices for teaching Standard English and literacy to its speakers. After creating the workbook the teacher distributes it to a panel for feedback. The teacher reflects on what she had learned from the panel as well as her literature review. Major influences on research were Lisa Delpit, John Baugh, John McWhorter, Jawanza Kunjufu, John Rickford, and Geneva Smitherman.

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