Online - Antiracist Literature Instruction: Using Familiar Tools of Unit Design to Teach for Racial Literacy

11/07/2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Grade levels: Professional Development

Content areas: English Language Arts, Reading

In this interactive workshop, presenters will share strategies for antiracist literature instruction (Borsheim-Black & Sarigianides, 2019), which aims to build students’ racial literacy, while also deepening their understanding and interpretations of literary texts.

After a brief introduction to the concepts of racial literacy and antiracist literature instruction, we will explore how English teachers can use familiar principles of backward design to articulate racial literacy objectives for literature-based units; design summative assessments to evaluate racial literacy growth, and design formative assessments to scaffold students’ understanding of key race-related concepts.

The presentation will include sample unit plans that apply these principles to texts, such as The Crossover and A Raisin in the Sun, and participants will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to apply strategies to their own literature curriculum.

Participants will learn strategies and ways to: - Use backwards design to articulate racial literacy objectives for literature units. - Design summative assessments to evaluate racial literacy learning. - Craft formative assessments to scaffold students’ understanding of key race-related concepts.

Presenters: Carlin Borsheim-Black, PhD, Associate Professor, Central Michigan University; Sophia Tatiana Sarigianides, PhD, Professor & English Education Coordinator, Westfield State University

Cost: $60, includes 3 PDUs. Alumni, Adjunct Faculty and School-Based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. $25 Student Rate.