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Moving Ideas

Multimodality and Embodied Learning in Communities and Schools


Edited By Mira-Lisa Katz

What does it look and feel like to communicate, create, compose, comprehend, teach, and learn with our bodies? Reaching beyond existing scholarship on multimodality and literacies, Moving Ideas expands our capacity to understand the embodied dimensions of learning and stretches our repertoires for more artfully describing them. Wresting language away from its historically privileged place at the center of social science research and practice, this collection examines the strategic layering across semiotic modes, challenging educators and researchers to revisit many of our most elemental assumptions about communication, learning, and development. The corporeal pedagogies these authors describe illuminate a powerful kind of learning that we know far too little about; in this age of accountability and high-stakes testing, failing to pay adequate attention to the promise of multimodality means forfeiting significant resources that could be used to innovatively engage people of all ages in education broadly conceived.
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8. Visceral Literature: Multimodal Theater Activities for Middle and High School English Language Arts




Visceral Literature

Multimodal Theater Activities for Middle and High School English Language Arts


Years ago when I was an actor in the Big Apple, I decided to take a course in commercial acting to widen my work possibilities. I distinctly remember the day we covered food commercials. The first commercial was for a brand of ketchup. The text (not great or lasting literature by any stretch of the imagination) was written on a giant tablet, the video camera was ready to roll, and another actor and I were called to the front to act it out. The fifteen-second scene, a conversation between a waitress and customer, was set at the counter of a diner. The dialogue went something like,

“Hey Joe, how’ve ya been? What’ll ya have today?”

“Nice to see you, Marcia. You know, the regular,” with the mention of the ketchup brand at some point. The instructor, a formidable commercial actress and wonderful teacher, offered this advice, “All you need to understand is that food is love.” I knew instantly what to do, how to make something out of nothing. Instead of advertising a brand, we played a mini-love scene, and it worked. Though I did not end up working as a commercial actor, I have never forgotten how revelatory that idea was, that food is love.

Last year, when co-teaching a college course on reading pedagogy...

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