This three part series will draw on Facing History’s Witnesses to History Memoir Collection, to explore classroom conversations that explore identity, reflect on the impact of history on individuals and groups, and analyze ethical choices. The series will equip teachers with practical literacy strategies, rich primary sources and historical background materials.
Registrants are encouraged to attend all three sessions to the best of their ability. Live sessions will not be recorded but materials will be made available.
The series will take place over three 90 minute sessions.
Session 1: Facing History’s Approach to Memoir
January 20th 3:30-5:00pm
In this session, we will introduce Facing History’s unique approach to teaching memoir as a way to develop students’ literacy skills; promote historical analysis and understanding of some of the darkest moments in history; and foster empathy, perspective-taking, and other social-emotional competencies.
Session 2: Exploring Night and Warriors Don’t Cry
January 27th 3:30-5:00pm
Participants in this session will choose one Facing History study guide to explore, either Teaching Night or Teaching Warriors Don’t Cry. This session prepares teachers to interweave a literary analysis of these powerful and poignant memoirs with an exploration of the relevant historical context underlying the authors’ experiences.
Session 3: Author Conversation with Nicole Chung
February 10th 7:00-8:30pm -- NOTE THE TIME CHANGE
The final session in this series will feature Nicole Chung, author of the memoir All You Can Ever Know. A Junior Library Guild selection, “this raw memoir about growing up as a transracial adoptee will reverberate with anyone who yearns to belong” (School Library Journal). Nicole Chung will join the series to read from her book and discuss her writing process, as well as take questions from participants.
Series participants will:
- Engage with teaching materials from Facing History’s Witness to History resource collection
- Learn a range of teaching strategies for helping students process emotionally powerful materials
- Apply Facing History’s unique methodology to the study of memoir in order to explore history and literature through themes of identity, we and they, choices, and civic participation
- Experience classroom-ready multimedia tools and resources
This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers in the New York/New Jersey area. NY participants will receive CTLE hours and NJ participants can get PD hours upon completion.
This workshop will be held via Zoom. Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.