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Developing Citizen-Teachers Through Performance Arts in the Summer Institute

By: Nancy Mellin McCracken, Anthony Manna, Darla Wagner, Bonnie Molnar
Publication: National Writing Project at Work
Date: 2006

Summary: The authors describe their integration of the arts, particularly process drama, into the summer institute as a vehicle for providing equity, supporting educational reform, and promoting the concept of the citizen-teacher.

 

Authors Nancy Mellin McCracken and Anthony Manna, with Darla Wagner and Bonnie Molnar, describe the journey they undertook integrating the arts into the summer institute. 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.

The 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. Extensive appendices provide information on implementing these activities.

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