Workshop Practice: Writing Galleries, from the Open Space Learning Project

Workshop Practice: Writing Galleries, from the Open Space Learning Project

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Note-making is a central activity in most classrooms, but turning student writing into a performed task allows a multiplicity of ideas to be considered at one time. When working with literary or theoretical texts, this approach creates a physical environment for the consideration of key passages or central concerns. You should have large pieces of paper or card as well as large felt-tip pens. The activity can also be developed using LX tape or chalk lines to divide the space into different areas. You should proceed as follows: a) ask the students to write out either a line from the text that interests the most, or their own response to the text under investigation; b) students should arrange the texts on the floor or wall of the learning space according to specific groupings (either imposed or negotiated); c) the students are then invited to ‘tour the gallery’ and explore the different texts and spatial configurations that have been created; d) the writing galleries should then be re-purposed as stimuli for the next activity, e.g. fragments for a presentation, notes for a thesis, or even materials for a physical staging of the textual theory.

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