ERIC Number: ED494328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 55
Developing Citizen-Teachers through Performance Arts in the Summer Institute
McCracken, Nancy Mellin; Manna, Anthony; Wagner, Darla; Molnar, Bonnie
National Writing Project (NJ3)
The authors describe the journey they undertook integrating the arts into the summer institute. The central reason for their focus on the arts in the summer institute is the desire to support education reform--with a particular eye to social justice in schools. The authors believe that when the field is open wide enough to allow everyone's ideas to be discovered and explored through multiple aesthetic modes, an equitable opportunity for all students to succeed as writers emerges. Over a ten-year period, 1996-2006, they turned the arts into a vehicle for providing equity, supporting educational reform, and promoting the concept of the citizen-teacher. This monograph describes three activities in detail: a writing wall, performance poetry, and process drama, showing how each addresses state academic content standards for writing while developing the participants' capacity as citizen teachers. The following are appended: (1) Sample Summer Institute Schedule; (2) Copy-Change Exercise; (3) Process Drama Terms and Concepts; and (4) The Process Drama.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Poetry, Educational Change, Academic Standards, Summer Programs, Faculty Development, Art Education, Change Strategies, Justice, Aesthetics, Consciousness Raising, Citizenship Education, Teacher Improvement, Drama, Writing (Composition), Student Diversity, Theater Arts, Equal Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA.