Literature as a Lens for Exploring Identity, Ethical Decision-Making and Democracy

Literature in the Facing History Classroom

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Literature as a Lens for Exploring Identity, Ethical Decision-Making and Democracy

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Geared for 6th-12th grade English Language Arts teachers, this three-day seminar will focus on how to lift up issues of ethical reflection and civic engagement through the study of literature.  With Facing History’s “Teaching Mockingbird” study guide as a model, we’ll explore key themes of identity, belonging, decision making, democracy and participation and will consider how to infuse historical sources and multimedia resources into the teaching of literature to create a meaningful and rigorous learning experience. In addition to using To Kill A Mockingbird, teachers will explore how other memoirs, novels and sets of poetry can be used with this similar framework. Participants will have collaborative time to plan out further units of study for the upcoming school year using Facing History’s model.

In this seminar you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
  • Receive a free copy of Teaching Mockingbird
  • Collaborate with other ELA teachers on lesson and unit plans

After this seminar you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Bishop O’Dowd High School
9500 Stearns Avenue
Oakland, CA 94605
7.31.17 - 8.2.17
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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