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Changing Up Your Literary Canon

February 16 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

An Online Workshop Series for K-12 educators

Four Wednesdays (Feb. 16 & 23, March 23, May 4)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
One Saturday (March 12)
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Authors of color have written so many wonderful texts—poems, short stories, novels, nonfiction articles–that can offer students mirrors into their own lived experiences or windows into new worlds. But how can we teach these texts effectively and authentically?

In this workshop series, fellows of the UCLA Writing Project will share engaging strategies and lessons that they use in their classrooms to help students understand these rich texts and address the matters of race that the authors present. During the workshops, you’ll have time to plan how to make great use of these texts with your students.

Topics include:

  • Handling racially offensive language in texts and in class discussions
  • Choosing texts that focus on overcoming difficulties rather than on victimhood
  • Using texts by authors of color as models/mentor texts
  • Teaching texts that are multilingual or that use other varieties of English
  • Designing writing tasks to allow students to make meaningful connections to the texts

Workshop Facilitators:
Members of the UCLA Writing Project’s Matters of Race Study Group

Fee: $50 for complete series thanks to ESSER funding.

Registration is closed since we have reached capacity for this workshop.


February 16
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Luis Ruiz-Martinez