Literature Circles for Building Social Justice

08/14/2018 - 9:00am to 08/17/2018 - 1:00pm
Grade levels:
All Grade Levels, Professional Development
Content areas:
Professional Development, Reading
literature circle, Social Justice, student choice
Oregon Writing Project
Lewis and Clark Graduate School

As teachers, a chorus of voices gives us constant, and sometimes conflicting, advice. One voice urges us to give students choice. But another, equally loud voice, reminds us that students need guidance and grounding in the study of literature in order to develop critical consciousness.

In this workshop, Literature Circles for Building Social Justice, we will demonstrate how themed literature circles can contribute to developing both literary and critical capacities, giving students choice, but also pushing them to think about the world, past and present, through common discussions and writing prompts. Our literature circles will examine literature, nonfiction, and our lives through a feminist lens.

We will meet four times and focus on the literature circle entitled, “Slaying Misogyny”. We will read, write, and share our writing around the choice books for middle and high school level students. We will address a variety of ways to run lit circles, build a database for the subject, and a book list of age-appropriate fiction, nonfiction, poetry, websites, and media. Teachers will walk away with an entire curriculum for running a 4-6 week literature circles unit.

The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers.