Using Counter-Storytelling In The Classroom

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Clarke & Whitney (2009) suggest using multiple perspective texts in the classroom that will allow teachers to create a bridge to powerful critical literacy learning (p.530). Students should be introduced to texts that will tell a story from a different character’s perspective. For example, in the fairy tale Snow White, the story could be told from the seven dwarves, the Evil Queen or the Prince’s perspective. Hughes-Hassell (2013) suggests using counter-storytelling, which could benefit being used in the classroom. Counter-storytelling gives voices to ethnic groups who are often unheard, shedding new light on old stories. Adichie (2009) discusses her experience as being African and encountering the single story while in college with a roommate.

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