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Keywords:

  • Writing;
  • at-risk students;
  • identity and writing;
  • identity and literacy

Abstract

Three cases of students’ writing at Eastview School for Pregnant and Parenting Teens are explored in this article. Through Bakhtinian concepts of rhetoric, heteroglossia, and genre, the article discusses the ways in which Eastview students responded to and refuted societal discourses of teen motherhood through their writing. The term rhetoric of the future is introduced as a way to characterise the link between writing and identity for a group of students considered to be ‘at risk’ of school failure.