Students will be able to represent a poem and story dramatically.

Students will be able to read and interpret texts in different ways.

Students will be able to represent texts through illustrations.

Students will be able to read for different purposes, i.e. to identify detail, tone, themes, and metaphors.

Students will be able to engage in a guided discussion about a text.

Students will be able to write a critical response paragraph discussing a text’s theme.


This course will show students that every reading of a text opens the possibility for a new interpretation of that text. By exposing students to different kinds of texts and asking them to represent, imitate, and transform them, this course will teach students how to interpret texts creatively.

Creative interpretation and reinterpretation of the text is both the foundation and one of the outcomes of critical reading. This is crucial for the young learner to understand because it guards against the common misconception that every text has a pre-defined meaning. Such a misconception leads to a host of issues that include a.) a feeling of detachment from literature and non-fiction writing, and, b.) vulnerability to ideological manipulation by journalism and political rhetoric.


Additional Features

Published chapbook of all students’ writing

InkBeat Arts Creative Reading Certificate

Continued Activities in Beijing Student Arts Community