Donnie's monologue: 'Word'
- Donnie explains how he feels about not being able to read and how people react to him.
This monologue can provide a focus for discussions about literacy. Students could consider all the ways in which reading problems affect Donnie reflecting on how many times they need to read something during a day and the problems they would experience if they were unable to do so.
- The monologue can also provide a stimulus for discussion about people's attitudes to those with literacy problems and the extent to which they are discriminated against. Students could develop story boards or scripts to demonstrate ways to challenge such attitudes. They could go on to devise a campaign (through posters, advertisements or cartoons) to promote adult literacy programmes - and/or counter prejudice towards illiteracy. Links can be made with wider work on stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination.
- Read more about this sensitive subject in this useful Literacy and young people - Fact sheet (PDF) which includes information about where young people can go for help and advice.