The 10 "Staples" of Pre-Texts

1. Use complex texts to stimulate questions and explorations.

2. Turn the pyramid of learning upside down. Start with creative interpretation, which demands an exploration of vocabulary and grammar.

3. Recycle/ change/ intervene in existing materials (literature, cardboard, gestures).

4. Become an “ignorant schoolmaster.” Show, don’t explain.

5. Promote artistic and interpretive independence, always referring to the target text.

6. Take advantage of technical and formal contributions from a variety of art forms.

7. Prepare collaborations among “academic” teachers and teaching artists.

8. Make sure that all participants respond to prompts for making and thinking.

9. Keep expectations high; assume they will be met and provide necessary support.

10. Work closely with the Weaver during the first months of implementation.