Learning Reflections of Participating Youth in our Maritime Literacies Program

By Giving List Staff   |   February 10, 2022

Community Based Literacies in the Schools

This video is a multimodal, melodic synthesis of a reflection activity that our Harding UnderGraduates (called HUGs) did with 4th graders at our partnering elementary school, Harding Elementary. This particular program is called CBL-HUPS (Community Based Literacies-Harding University Partnership School) and the programmatic theme focuses on the various environmental topics and issues relevant to our maritime community. Co-learners explore the various forms of marine life situated on our beaches, our harbor, our watershed, and our Channel through various textual information. Within small-group configurations, the young and near-peer co-learners discussed the following questions: 1) What did you like? 2) What did you learn? 3) What do you want to learn next?  All groups wrote and drew their responses on large white butcher paper that were then rendered in a kind of meandering collage. The music was written specifically for the video, with added sounds of the ocean and seabirds. 


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Junior League of Santa Barbara
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