Seeing Myself in the Story

Virak Saroeun & Diandra Levi-Smith
Special Note on the Presenters: Diandra Levi-Smith, pronounced (De-on-dra) is a former 5th grader from Howard Elementary. Her friends and family sometimes call her DiDi. She loves to play basketball and likes math a lot. She likes to help out and sometimes thinks about being a teacher. She tries her hardest and does her best at everything. Her biggest goal is to be president one day. Virak is her teacher.
Saturday, 11:15 am to 12:45 pm -- Rm. F-204

In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in activities and dialogue from a novel unit based on Rita Williams-Garcia’s, One Crazy Summer, where three sisters come to visit their estranged mother in Oakland, in 1968. Students are introduced to the Black Panther Party by following the narrative of eleven-year old, Delphine. Learn how academic discussions about a historically, and locally relevant novel nurtures the critical literacy skills and personal connections of 5th grade students in Oakland. Participants will learn how to engage students in culturally relevant, responsive and rigorous curriculum that positions their experiences and histories at the center of the dialogue.