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ERIC Number: EJ774336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1057-3569
"Achtung" Maybe: A Case Study of the Role of Personal Connection and Art in the Literary Engagement of Students with Attentional Difficulties
Smagorinsky, Peter; Cameron, Tricia; O'Donnell-Allen, Cindy
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v23 n4 p333-358 Oct 2007
This study examines a collaborative reading of John Keats's poem, "When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be," by two high school seniors with attentional difficulties in a mainstream British Literature class, with a focus on one of the students, Rita. The data consist of a retrospective verbal protocol during which the students recounted their process of composition as they interpreted the poem through an artistic medium, and a reconstructed transcript of a presentation of this drawing to their classmates. The data were analyzed with a coding system that focused on the setting of the students' composition, their goals for composing their interpretive text, and the tools through which they produced their interpretation. The data suggest that two factors were prominent in Rita's interpretation of the poem: her connection of a recent personal experience (the death of a friend) to the themes of the poem and the possibilities afforded by the artistic medium. The study concludes with a consideration of how students with attentional difficulties stay focused on their school tasks, particularly in relation to the ways in which their environments are structured. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A