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Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
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[Teacher-talkmsmultilit] multicultural literature #5

From: Lindsay Ball <brynnsmom21_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:05:23 -0400

There was a lot going on in workshop video #5 that I really liked. The
class read *The Watsons Go to Birmingham* in literature circles. I like
literature circles, but I always worry about participation. The teacher
assigned each student a job to hold him/her responsible.

This teacher does a great job of using multiple sources of information and
activity to pull the students in. She uses non-fiction sources to help
students learn and understand the background information. It is important
for students to understand the Civil Rights movement. The teacher gives
the students the information they need to understand the novel.

One activity the students participated in is a radio play. They took the
information they gathered while watching a non-fiction movie about Civil
Rights and created a radio broadcast in their own words. This is a fun but
demanding assignment that shows what they have learned.

Another activity the students participated in was frozen tableau. The
teacher showed them historical pictures and asked a series of questions
that included their emotions while looking. Then she had the students
stand up and stage the scenes in the pictures and asked the students
questions as if they are the people in the picture. What a great activity.
This is a great way to have students connect with the situations and
feelings of the past that provide background information for the novel.

-- 
Lindsay Ball
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Received on Wed Apr 25 2012 - 07:04:36 EDT


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