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Jump Into Juneteenth - Learning Through Storytelling

In this one-time class, students will learn the history of Juneteenth by listening to a reading of Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Drew Nelson's children's book and participating in a short post-reading writing activity.
Sherri A. Mehta, Ph.D.
66 total reviews for this teacher
15 reviews for this class
Completed by 46 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
30 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

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Students will increase their understanding of the oldest African American celebration to mark the end of enslavement in the United States.  Students will learn about the historical foundation of the holiday Juneteenth by listening to a live reading of this children's book. Students will broaden their understanding of the many ways to honor and celebrate freedom and write about those detailed in this book.
I hold a Ph.D. in English Literature and Language with a specialization in Nineteenth-Century African American and American Literature, Epistolary Theory, and African American Epistolary Literature.  Additionally, my area of research and scholarship centered on letters written from African American soldiers who served in the USCT.  In 2017, I transcribed twenty-one letters written by Pvt. Alonzo Reed of the 102nd Michigan USCT and submitted those transcriptions to Duke University's David Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where the original letters are housed.  I have published articles on this topic in peer-reviewed journals and books, and have presented at conferences, workshops, museums, and educational institutions.  My personal connection to the topic and my cross-curricular approach makes this a unique course and learning experience.  My third great-grandfather escaped a Virginia plantation and joined the 29th Illinois USCT.  Using archival and genealogical resources, I was able to learn more about family, state, and national history.  
A one-page handout will be posted in the classroom prior to the start of class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This course studies Juneteenth and the African American quest for freedom.  This course will discuss slavery and emancipation. 


Sherri A. Mehta, Ph.D.Former High School English Teacher and College Lecturer
66 total reviews
46 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  My name is Sherri Arnold Mehta, but my students affectionately call me Dr. M.  I am a Virginia native and a Maryland-based researcher, scholar, mom, and wife with twenty years of English teaching experience - twelve (12) years as a high... 
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