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NAEYC - Young Girls Discovering Their Voice with Literacy and Readers Theater (PDF 714KB)

This article by Debby Zambo (March 2011) looks at the beliefs/behavior of young girls "who have adopted an idealised notion of beauty", and discusses 'relational aggression' - a form of bullying and ostracizing - among girls. She highlights 'literacy' as a way to remedy these behaviours/beliefs and explains how, through activities like Readers Theater, girls can step into the shoes of strong literary/historical characters and hear, relate to, and develop strong, positive female voices.

"Reading and reflecting on narratives helps girls understand the challenges they face in making their own voices strong (Wolf, 2007)."