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Title: Making the Body Visible through Dramatic/Creative Play: Critical Literacy in Neighborhood Bridges
Authors: Lewis, Cynthia
Doerr-Stevens, Candance
Ingram, Debra
Keywords: critical literacy
theater
drama
creative play
Issue Date: Nov-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. Of particular interest in this report is how critical literacy is facilitated via various opportunities for drama/creative play and Teacher Artist interactions with students during the four phases of a typical Neighborhood Bridges session.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/139270
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