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Enter Here: Personal Narrative and Digital Storytelling

English Journal, January, 2004, Vol. 93 Issue 3, p64, 5p


Through the creation of a digital story, urban high school students gained confidence and a new understanding of literacy. In working with story and personal narrative, the formerly unmotivated readers dove into the bookcases and read actively in the library after school. By putting the story first, the students were selective about effects, choosing those that drove the story farther as opposed to those that mimicked what might be seen in films or television.

A step-by-step plan for replicating this project is described, grounded in sound theory and research about how adolescents expand their literacies.

Subjects Covered: digital storytelling, education, personal storytelling

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