In this activity, students hold a digital seminar using Flipgrid to develop empathy for characters who are in some way considered outsiders within the context of their stories.
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Digital Seminar: What does it mean to be an "outsider"?
English Language Arts, Speaking and Listening
Middle School, High School
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
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Formative Assessment, Self Assessment
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Jill Groff on Nov 11, 01:04pm

As a member of the Culturally Relevant Teaching Hub Academy and as a former high school English teacher, I really appreciated and enjoyed the "equity of voice" being addressed in this digital seminar project.
This resource strongly compares multiple perspectives, including traditionally marginalized ones. The resource does not yet present a lens of critical consciousness that also explicitly names why multiple perspectives have been historically excluded. The background specifies that "an exploration of dominant and marginalized cultures may deepen the discussion", but no parameters or methods are outlined for doing so. How is the class defining culture? Is everyone reading the same book? Where is it set? The setting of a work will often define the dominant culture, so a discussion of who is perceived as an "outsider"--which will change based on setting, population, religion, customs, etc. --would establish a richer framework for understanding.
This resource uses analysis to build critical consciousness of power, equality and justice while also valuing the identity of each student; seminar questions that explicitly correlate with each student's identity and concepts of power, justice, and equality would improve the students' experience and enhance the seminar. For example, if you did not identify with a character in the book, what kind of character would you create, and why? How would your character change the narrative or dynamic of the work? How would your character balance or promote a sense of equality and/or justice within the book?

ELIZABETH MYERS on Jun 02, 10:23am

Added a couple of questions to incorporate thinking about how dominant and marginalized cultures can contribute to identifying as an 'outsider'.



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