No Old White Dudes Here: A Diverse High School Literature Survey (Pt. I)

In this course, students will NOT read the typical canon of stories told from a white, male, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied perspective. Instead, students will read the voices that are lacking in the typical school canon.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 16 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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

Besides over fifteen years of teaching experience, I have specialized training and professional development in inclusivity and sensitivity in teaching.  My background is in Montessori education, and peace education is a major tenet of the Montessori philosophy.  My Montessori 6-9 certification, Montessori 12-18 certification, and Montessori Education Master's all included extensive work in peace education, conflict resolution, and inclusivity training. In addition to my training, I will utilize This Book is Anti Racist as a class resource.  

I am always available to help you with conversations that may arise at home as well.
Learners will be expected to complete 1-3 hours of work a week outside of class.  There will be group activities during class time, but all outside class work will be individual in nature.  Reading of the book will take place entirely outside of class.
Learners will need the following books:
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Please look at reviews and other information about each book, and be sure that you are comfortable with your learner reading these titles.  There is mature language and situations in some of these titles, but they are important reads, and I believe your learner will grow and expand by reading them. Specifically, there is strong language, sexual situations, abuse, and mental illness.

You can support your student with these topics by talking to them as they read, and helping them process anything that is troubling them.  You can also always reach out to me.  Please read the Teacher Expertise section to see how I am qualified and prepared to deal with working through these books with your student and their peers.  In addition to my training, I will utilize This Book is Anti Racist as a class resource.  


Elissa Pugh, MA & MEd
Lives in the United States
Highly Qualified and Experienced Educator
2 total reviews
6 completed classes

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