Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades
Historical and Cultural Context: Christopher Paul Curtis Student Work
This children’s book about the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was researched, written, and illustrated by one of the students featured in the Workshop 5 video. The book is the student’s final project in a six – week unit focusing on the historical and cultural context of The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963.
As you review the student’s work, consider the following questions:
- What do you notice that this student did well?
- What questions would you ask this student about his or her work?
Workshop 6 Historical and Cultural Context: Langston Hughes and Christopher Moore
Stanlee Brimberg and his students in New York City study the important contributions of African Americans to the United States and the recent discovery of the African Burial Ground in Manhattan through factual texts, video, art, photography, and poetry. The students interview writer, historian, and documentary filmmaker Christopher Moore to learn more about the everyday experiences of African slaves in early New York. They examine the works of Langston Hughes, and then — drawing on all of the texts — they write their own poetry and engage in peer review. As a culminating activity, the students take a field trip to the African Burial Ground Memorial, and then design their own postage stamps to commemorate the site.