We know that there are many factors that shape a young person's sense of identity and belonging. Dynamics of power, privilege, group membership, and history can all play a part. So, how can literature help them develop their unique voice and find where they "fit in" in the world? And how does reading inspire them to understand and appreciate difference? Join us along with authors Malaka Gharib and Randy Ribay to explore these questions.
Together we'll discuss:
- How young adult readers encounter concepts of identity and belonging in the stories they read and hear;
- The power books have to both uphold and break down cultural and social boundaries;
- What educators can do to foster students' sense of self and agency through reading;
- And, ways we can all seek out more inclusive stories that honor the complexity of identity, culture, history, and tradition.
Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8 PM ET/6–7 PM CT/ 5–6 PM MT/4–5 PM PT. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available On-Demand.
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