Witnesses to History: Using Warriors Don’t Cry to Engage Students' Minds and Hearts

February 27, 2019
Warriors Don’t Cry for ELA Teachers

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Witnesses to History: Using Warriors Don’t Cry to Engage Students' Minds and Hearts

What can we do, alone and with others, to confront racism? How can we as individuals and as citizens make a positive difference in our school, community, and nation? This workshop explores Facing History’s approach to using Warriors Don’t Cry in order to help students access the past through the voices of real people recalling experiences from their youth. Through this powerful memoir, students will connect with the history of the integration of Central High School in 1957, through the lived experience of one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo.


In this workshop, teachers will:

  • Explore Facing History’s approach to memoirs to develop students’ literacy skills; promote historical analysis and understanding; and foster empathy, perspective-taking, and other social-emotional competencies
  • Help students gain a deeper understanding of the Choices in Little Rock unit in a way that is emotionally compelling, and builds a better understanding of racism using Melba Pattillo’s memoir
  • Learn new ways of structuring interdisciplinary curriculum to help students connect history and the experiences of real people to their own lives and the choices they make
  • Engage with teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
  • Receive a free copy of Teaching Warriors Don’t Cry

After this workshop, 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.


Priority will be given to middle school social studies, English, and Humanities teachers; high school teachers are also welcome to apply.


Illinois educators can earn 2.5 clock hours for full participation in this workshop.

Facing History and Ourselves
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
February 27, 2019
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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