Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

From Goldilocks to Dreadlocks: Transliteracies in the Elementary School

Heather Lotherington.

This paper describes a digital narratives study conducted in a multicultural elementary school in Toronto Canada, involving teachers of grades 2, 4, and 5 and their students who rewrote traditional children’s stories. In this experimental project, children transformed traditional fairy tales, myths and legends into digital narratives in which they became an insider to the text, moving from reader to writer in the process. The project aimed to teach narratives; to create new textualities and literacies; to render the traditionally Eurocentric children’s literature canon more socially and culturally accessible to contemporary children; and to trial a process by which exclusive literature can be made more inclusive for readers. Selected children’s stories will be used to illustrate the presentation.


Heather Lotherington  (Canada)
Associate Professor
Multilingual Education
York University

Heather Lotherington is Associate Professor of Multilingual Education at York University. Previously she lectured in Linguistics at Monash University where she was Executive Director of the Language and Society Centre. Her research involves second language and literacy acquisition in multicultural, multitechnological societies; for this paper she had to research herself.

  • Multiliteracies
  • Multiculturalism
  • Multimodalism
  • Digital narratives
  • Children’s literature

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)