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[Teacher-talknovel] Workshop #7: Who am I in this Story?

From: Randi K <zenway01_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:35:49 -0500

 This workshop primarily showed students expressing how they connect to
themes and characters within the movie. There are brief discussions by
teachers around why they chose certain books (i.e. I chose Things Fall
Apart because I teach African American students…”).

“Scripting the other” is an activity I have never heard of, but which
intrigues me for a number of reasons. As an approach to understanding
literature or literary characters, it appeared powerful and the accounts of
the participating students certainly supported it as such. As a form of
“spying” on others, it reminds me of the many reality shows which inundate
us on daily television. Those who know me would say that I wear the words,
“I have never seen a single episode of “Survivor” nor of “American Idol,”
like a badge. I have argued with disdain about the damage of encouraging
others to perpetuate the idea that we have a right to see everything
happening in others’ lives. My first response to this activity was, “Hey,
this is another venue for ‘reality t.v.’” I had to work to look past that
and into the value of it as an exercise in empathy. For the students with
whom I work, that could be a very powerful approach to developing
observational skills, empathy for others, descriptive abilities, and
creating original work around the things (and people) in everyday life.

-- 
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants
happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do
other creatures.
                                                                *---The
Dalai Lama*

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