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Title: Critical Literacy in Neighborhood Bridges: An Exploratory Study
Authors: Ingram, Debra
Lewis, Cynthia
Erasmus, Yvette
Ewing Flynn, Jill
Janowiec, Abigail
Keywords: theatre
story telling
literacy
critical literacy
education
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
Abstract: This report describes and examines the meaning and use of critical literacy in The Children’s Theatre Company’s Neighborhood Bridges (Bridges) program. Critical literacy is an orientation to reading that includes an understanding of how texts (oral stories, books, media) position readers (listeners/viewers), how readers position texts, and how texts are positioned within social, cultural, historical, and political contexts. Critical literacy is central to the philosophy of Bridges, which involves elementary and middle school students in storytelling and creative drama. An important goal of the program is to develop in children the capacity to analyze and challenge dominant social and cultural storylines as they create new storylines through imaginative retellings and reenactments.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/139268
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