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NCJ Number: 156006 Find in a Library
Title: Creative Writing Class in the Detention Setting
Journal: Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1995)  Pages:4-7
Author(s): P L Jonietz
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A creative writing class at a Missouri juvenile detention center used poetry to empower youth between 9 and 17 years of age.
Abstract: More than 50 youths participated in the program, and all described negative school experiences. Many felt they could not write a poem or anything else; some were reluctant to try, while others wanted to participate but lacked basic reading and writing skills. In 50-minute sessions twice a week, creative writing class participants were taught to read and write. They read and illustrated poems and prepared dramatic readings. They also wrote poems to express perceptions of themselves and to tell a personal story. Poems were evaluated for three elements: words (emotional, intellectual, and sound descriptions); images (personal and cultural perceptions of life); and rhythm (conventional or free verse). By making "writers" of participants, the program hoped to convince them of their language abilities. Being praised for their accomplishments made participants feel valued and powerful. Sample poems are included to illustrate the range of themes addressed by youth.
Main Term(s): Juvenile correctional education
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile detention; Juvenile educational services; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile self concept; Missouri; Youth development
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