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Identity, Choice, and History in a Literature Classroom

August 11, 2020 to August 13, 2020
Identity, Choice, and History in a Literature Classroom
New York

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Identity, Choice, and History in a Literature Classroom

Stories have the power to transform the way young people see themselves and others. Join Facing History as we explore ways to use literature to engage youth in thinking about identity, analyzing adolescent choices and understanding historical context. In this three day seminar, Facing History will model our unique approach to teaching literature. With a focus on themes of identity, belonging, membership, decision-making, democracy and participation, our resources will help teachers and students engage in deep exploration of self and society. Participants will learn ways to use Facing History’s approach for teaching literary texts, which weaves in rich primary sources and historical background for teaching fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir. We will highlight Facing History's resources for Sonia Nazario’s Enrique's Journey,  Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, and Elie Wiesel’s Night, among others, to teach about immigration, race in the United States, and the Holocaust.  Teachers will also have collaborative time to plan out units of study for the upcoming school year, using Facing History’s pedagogical model for teaching and learning. 

 In this seminar you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
  • Receive a free copy of Teaching Night

After this seminar you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

This seminar is recommended for 6th–12th grade ELA or humanities teachers. 

CTLE hours are available for this seminar.

Andrew Heiskell Library Branch
40 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011
August 11, 2020 - August 13, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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