ERIC Number: ED362901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Strengthening Adolescent Identity Formation through Development and Presentation of Family Literary Documents.
McLellan, Francis R.
A practicum was designed to improve a high school sophomore curriculum in traditional English rhetoric and the study of literary classics by adding a component to strengthen adolescent identity formation. Students were encouraged to generate and present family literary documents including varieties of familial cultural artifacts. Portfolios, simulations and presentations constituted palpable measures of emergent awareness of commonalities among groups and within the class. Using lessons published by experienced teachers in professional journals, students drew maps of points of family interest; wrote autobiographies, self-reports, and journal essays; invented coats of arms; created histories and scenarios of important family events; compiled family trees; and wrote and published essays in defense or in celebration of larger group/familial memberships. Through literary materials, students discovered enlarged self-identity and a base of support. Twenty-one students received payment for publishing articles in a newspaper with a circulation of 100,000. An enlarged concept of the familial was used to mitigate the effects of possible family dysfunctionality as students came to associate ethnicity, multiculturalism and peer group memberships with literacy and a positive cultural imaging process. Students experienced community building through shared literacy projects. Significant experiences of positive bondings dramatically enhanced students' powers of reflection, self-acceptance, respect for diversity, and media self-expression. Cross-curriculum experiences included art, historiography, graphics, critical thinking, speech and drama, ethnography, rhetoric, computer technology, music and cooperative learning. (Four color charts of data, and nine brightly colored student-developed coats of arm are appended. Contains 25 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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