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Changing Up Your Literary Canon Part 3: Strategies and Lessons for Effectively Teaching Texts by Authors of Color (Grades K-12)

June 29 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

An Online Workshop Series for K-12 Educators

Five Wednesdays (June 29, July 6, 13, 20 & 27)

3:30 – 5:30 PM online

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

Many wonderful texts exist by authors of color—poems, short stories, picture books, novels, and nonfiction articles-that can give students mirrors into their own lived experiences or windows into new worlds.  But how can we teach these texts effectively?

In this workshop series, fellows of the UCLA Writing Project will share engaging strategies and lessons to help students understand these rich texts and address the matters of race presented by the authors.  We’ll build on the work we started in our previous workshops on expanding the canon.  We welcome new and returning teachers to join us in taking a deeper look at reading lists, effective strategies, and lessons that can be used with specific works of literature.

Topics include

  • Choosing texts that focus on overcoming difficulties rather than victimhood
  • Using texts by authors of color as models/mentor texts
  • Teaching texts that are multilingual or that use other varieties of English
  • Handling racially offensive language in texts and in class discussions
  • Exploring lessons and resources to help you as you plan to teach a specific texts

Fee: $175


June 29
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Luis Ruiz-Martinez