What Does It Mean to Fit In?
Using the NEA Big Read Literature in the Classroom
Professional Development Workshop
Timespan: 7 hours (6 hours of PD)
Provider: Poughkeepsie Public Library District Big Read
Audience: Educators grades 6-12
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Start/End: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm, lunch and breaks provided
Location: Wappingers Central School District Offices, 25 Corporate Drive, Hopewell
Cost: No fee
Attendance documentation provided for those with in-service approval from their district.
Register: online here and/or your district’s My Learning Plan
What does it mean to fit in? In this workshop, educators will gain concrete curricular resources, pedagogical strategies, and proven approaches to conversations exploring personal identity, family, culture, assimilation, and (mis)communication with students using one or both of the 2018 NEA Big Read literature selections: Celeste Ng’s novel Everything I Never Told You (Gr.9-12) and Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese (Gr.6-12). Educators will gain practice in teaching graphic novels and memoirs, as well as concrete approaches to facilitating difficult but necessary conversations about belonging and isolation. By the end of the day, all participants will be able to:
- Teach close reading/critical analysis of Ng and/or Yang’s work (text-based and graphics-based)
- Create spaces which foster critical conversations that facilitate personal growth and social responsibility
- Create classroom guidelines for facilitating challenging conversations about self, family, identity, roles and expectations, stereotypes, perception (how other people see students vs. how they see themselves), and other important topics
- Lead students through literacy-rich media production projects using readily available technology (such as Smartphones)
Lunch will be provided. All participants receive a copy of their respective focus books free of charge. There is no fee to attend this workshop.
The Big Read is an annual ‘community read program’ coordinated by the Poughkeepsie Library District and runs October 13-November 17, 2018. The NEA Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.