Using Identity and History to Face Today in the Middle School ELA Classroom

January 23, 2020
Literature That Engages Students

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Using Identity and History to Face Today in the Middle School ELA Classroom

Participants will learn ways to use Facing History’s thematic approach to teach literary texts that support middle school units on immigration, the Holocaust, and the Civil Rights Movement. We will explore ways to use literature to engage youth in thinking about identity, to consider choices, and to reflect on the impact of history on individuals. We will share lessons and unit outlines created for Enrique’s Journey, Brown Girl Dreaming and historical memoirs about the Holocaust and other challenging history. The workshop will equip teachers with practical and interactive literacy strategies and provide rich primary sources and historical background for teaching fiction and memoir. 


This workshop is recommended for 7th–8th grade ELA or humanities teachers. Scholarships are available for CPS educators. Illinois Educators can earn 7 clock hours for full participation in this course. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please contact [email protected] for information about scholarships or for any other questions. 


In this workshop you will:

  • Explore topics such as identity and belonging, membership, stereotypes, and upstander behavior.

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical thinking and literacy skills.

  • Understand Facing History’s unique approach to teaching through an interdisciplinary lens.

  • Leave with classroom-ready multimedia tools and resources.


After this workshop, you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

2nd Floor Conference Center
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
January 23, 2020
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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