Does your adult literacy program host a community read? Do adult learners participate in improvisation, writing and performance projects?
Submitted by David J. Rosen on August 24, 2019 - 8:20am
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Hello reading and writing colleagues,
I am fascinated by the Redlands California Adult Literacy Program's choosing Seedfolks by award-winning author Paul Fleischman as its community read this year, and by its hosting a free performance of the book. (I wish I could be there to see the performance!)
Does your adult basic skills (including ESOL/ESL) program or adult school have a community read for adult learners and their families, or for the whole community? If so, tell us about it. Does it have a performance as part of the program?
Do you know the book Seedfolks? According to the article, the book’s characters represent immigrant communities in the United States. Perhaps adult learners you work with would enjoy the book.
Several years ago, the Adult Literacy Resource Institute -- sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston and Roxbury Community College -- had a terrific project with the Brookline Massachusetts Public Library for writers who had learned to read and write as adults. The project published a quarterly literary journal for several years entitled by its participants "Need I say More?" The journal included stories, poems, plays, and short essays by adult new writers. A final effort focused on the improvisation, writing and performance of plays that often had adult literacy themes. The plays were published as a volume called Setting the Stage for Literacy. The whole project was a profound and exciting experience for learners and their families, teachers, and administrators.
Are there projects like this today? If so, tell us about them!
David J. Rosen