Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
This section includes summaries of the lessons featured in the video programs.
The lessons explore the literature through a critical
Session 7: Critical Pedagogy: Octavia Butler
Using critical pedagogy, Cathie Wright-Lewis encourages
students to connect current events with fiction. In this lesson, Wright-Lewis
provides perspective on Octavia E. Butler's novel Parable of the Sower
by asking students to make connections between newspaper articles and
issues Butler raises in the book.
Sandra Childs uses critical pedagogy to help students
understand Ruthanne Lum McCunn's Thousand Pieces of Gold. The class
discusses the Chinese practice of footbinding and then explores how contemporary
American women suffer to make themselves conform to society's standards
of beauty. Divided into groups, the students read first-person accounts
by women addressing the pressure to conform.