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Picture books provide a diverse and abundantly rich resource for teaching social justice in primary grades through high school. In this class, we’ll look at books that honor the courage, resilience and humanity of people who have fought and continue to fight for social justice. We’ll explore books that address the consequences of war for young people, current concerns connected to asylum seekers, immigration, and racial justice—and we’ll discuss how to speak about them for the purpose of widening global understandings, increasing awareness and compassion, and inspiring young people to shape a more just and humane world.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 2 SessionsFiction, Multigenre, Online
Term: Spring 2021
Start Date: 04/10/2021
No Class On: 4/17/2021
End Date: 04/24/2021
Days of the Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm PDT
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 98
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Merna Ann Hecht, poet, essayist and nationally known storyteller is a teaching artist and founder of a Refugee & Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project. A recipient of 4 Culture and other artist grants, she is a former children’s librarian with an extensive background using literature for promoting peace and diversity education.