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ERIC Number: EJ840721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Interdisciplinary Literacy Unit: Transformation of Italian Folklore through Shadow Theater. Pinocchio, Son of Leonardo, Survivor of Vesuvius: A Strong Body of Research Supports the Common-Sense Assumption that by Teaching Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Concepts become More Relevant to Students
Zwirn, Susan Goetz; Fusco, Esther
Childhood Education, v85 n4 p223 Sum 2009
In the summer of 2007, the authors had the opportunity to lead a group of Hofstra University students, pre- and inservice, undergraduate and graduate, elementary and art teachers, to Sorrento, Italy, for interdisciplinary courses in both literacy and art education. The culminating project, a shadow theater play and performance, brought together students from both courses. The teachers assumed a dual existence during the course: They learned to think like teachers of the arts and, as proxies for their students, they experienced learning as a student does. Although taught in an inspirational venue, in Sorrento across from Mt. Vesuvius, this interdisciplinary project is easily adaptable to more prosaic settings (say, an elementary school classroom). The art and literacy components of this project highlight many key elements of successful interdisciplinary curriculum development. It makes sense to integrate art, specifically puppetry, and literacy, as knowledge gained in art strengthens the understanding of concepts that are not only related, but also important to literacy. The puppetry project described in this article is a part of an ancient art form called shadow theater. This type of puppetry, which integrates drama, art, music, and movement, offers rich multicultural teaching opportunities. Students are further engaged in their own magical performance of puppets, which come to life as they are illuminated from behind a screen. Folktales conveyed by the mysterious art form of shadow theater tell the history of humankind. (Contains 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy; New York