International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges. (http://www.un.org/en/events/literacyday/)
Pre-Texts truly embodies this year's theme for this year's International Literacy Day- 'Literacy and Skills Development'.
Pre-Texts' approach is simple: treat texts as prompts for making art. When challenging texts are prompts for making a new choreography, or a painting, or a story-board, a spoken word poem, etc, young people stay intensely engaged in mining elements of the text for vocabulary, grammar, concepts, inferences, multiple interpretations, and references to their most intimate concerns. Admiration for the work of others and for the sheer richness of variety among the creative responses is valuable preparation for citizenship, with more staying power than most lectures on the topic. This love of diversity is the most effective campaign against bullying that we have seen!