The purpose of this activity is to "harness student understanding of multiple genres of text and student knowledge base in relation to remixing one text into another", and requires that teacher's "put famous images or photographys around [the] classroom and create different stations at each image" (Pahl & Rowsell, 2012, p. 45-46.). This activity will take 2 to three one-hour class periods. There is an optional third session of this activity.
These historical figures should be culturally relevant. At my school, the student body population is approximately 90 percent Latino/a and 9 percent African American, so the figures I would use include civil rights leader Caesar Chavez and sports journalist Sam Lacy. Student Interest Inventories are also a great way to find out about culturally relevant figures to use for this activity.
At the stations (that I mentioned above) "there should be no more than four students...with each member having a designated role (e.g., analyzer, researcher, producer/director[,] and editor)....Each image [should] pay homage to a [culturally relevant] historical event" (Pahl & Rowsell, 2012, p. 46). This will be the first session of the activity.
For the second session of the activity, "ask each group to take the concept, elements of the visual and remix them into something else, whether it is a short film with a portable camera or a podcast about the historical event" (Pahl & Rowsell, 2012, p. 46).
The optional third session of the activity, "can be contributing to a class blog about remaking the visual into something else, thereby developing a meta-awareness of the remixing process" (Pahl & Rowsell, 2012, p. 46).
Zachary M. Clancy is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Studies and teaches Foundations of Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He also teaches middle school special education in Denver, Colo.
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