• Motivation/engagement ;
  • Choice, preference;
  • Research methodology ;
  • Qualitative;
  • Strategies, methods, and materials ;
  • Instructional strategies, teaching;
  • To learners in which of the following categories does your work apply? ;
  • Adolescence


This study examines the instructional practices around literacy that characterized the work of a community based arts program designed for urban adolescents. Two primary sources of data were collected: field notes on approximately 35 hours of instruction spread across seven months and interviews with the program's staff and students. Four distinct instructional episodic structures were observed: explicit instruction, collaborative or individual construction that provided time for students to engage in creative literacy and artistic activity, serial performance in which teachers are on as equal a footing as possible as students, and scaffolded practice that is informed by a belief that all can succeed can foster deep engagement in literate activity.