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10 Week Black/African Literature Class (Ages 11-16)

In this 10 week Black literature class, students will read Ayi Kwei Armah's novel: The Healers and complete related ELA projects/assignments.
Ms. Sydney
28 total reviews for this teacher
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will improve reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and learn reading and discussion strategies.
I have taught several African history courses for children between 5-15 years old. I lead several bookclubs for K-5th graders and participate in young adult bookclubs which provides me with the experience needed to move develop children's critical thinking skills while ensuring that they feel safe, comfortable, and understood. I understand that this novel and related concepts may be difficult and require extreme care and discretion. Instructor will be sure to navigate discussions carefully and to provide ample time for students to digest, debrief, and reflect on the material. This book is great for the whole family and the teacher highly recommends parents reading alongside or in advance of their child for deeper interaction with the text.
Homework will vary each week but will always consist of 20-45 pages worth of reading and note taking. Some weeks there will be small additional assignments to accompany the reading. Reading should be done as a family if possible and in short segments to alleviate the workload.
Learner will need the book for the 1st session. Each class will require pencil, paper, and possibly highlighter or color
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There will be a final project at the end of the semester to assess reader's understanding.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The book that we are reading is for mature learners. Topics include death, grief, growing up, depression, intimacy, adolescence and young adulthood, African history and concepts, European history, violence, illness, identity. Discussions of these topics are thoughtful and not overly graphic. This book is good to be read with parents/guardians, as it provides thoughtful conversation and may provide opportunity for parents/guardians to discuss the difficult topics. This book cannot be found on the Common Sense Media rating list, as many African authors get overlooked and/or intentionally left out of literary canon. Instructor will use google slides, google docs, google sheets, and jamboard. Students will be provided with links in order to access on their own. YouTube will be used a few times in order to further discussion and reading topics. Parents will be sent video links in advance upon request. 
The Healers by Ayi Kwei Armah


Ms. Sydney
Lives in the United States
28 total reviews
64 completed classes

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I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach. Currently, I am enrolled at Grand Canyon University to obtain my Masters in Elementary Education and Multi-Subject... 
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