The Star Wars phenomenon motivates adolescents who may be disengaged in the classroom. The wealth of visual content may overshadow the power of the music, sound effects, and dialogue. In literacy education, skills are often practiced by reading and discussing traditional texts. In this digital literacy project, struggling readers remixed the Star Wars canon through audio storytelling. Students served as actors, Foley artists, and directors in the recording of brief episodes based on the original trilogy. The project heightens students’ oral fluency and text comprehension by engaging in close reading and structured dialogue. The recordings demonstrate how students can be effective storytellers and produce a sophisticated exhibit of learning. Future plans to extend full-length stories and enhance production are on-going.
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Davis, M. J. (2016). Padawan’s Journey: Remixing Star Wars Radio for Adolescent Literacy Education. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 8(1), 93-100. https://doi.org/10.23860/jmle-8-1-7