Through employing a narrative, reflective approach, I discuss how the experience of working with international students during a summer institute informed the developed and implementation of a civically minded project in a college Young Adult Literature seminar. The project sought to frame "America" as an actual teenager, relative to other, more "adult" countries in the world, and asked students to construct a conventional YA narrative featuring America as the primary character. Through this narrative, I explain the various successes of the project and ultimately argue that students' stories and original compositions offer a viable mechanism for progressive, democratic citizenship education and could ultimately counter the rise of nationalist sentiments and their corresponding ambiguous effects on citizenship development.
"“In the Midst of Experience:” Civic Education Through Narrative Creation,"
Language Arts Journal of Michigan:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.9707/2168-149X.2262
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