The American Dream- Stories From Immigrant Literature

This four week literary discussion class focuses on the theme and narrative of bilingualism, multi-culturalism and intergenerational struggles of immigrant families in the United States today.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 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

In this class, students will read works from award winning authors of different ethnic backgrounds before class and come in to class ready to discuss the struggles, adjustments and triumphs from the memoirs and short stories read. Socratic seminar style discussions will be led in order to facilitate an understanding of the most widely read and engaged with genre of modern literature today. Literary terms such as theme, conflict, persona, narrative, setting etc. will all be discussed. 
As an immigrant myself, many of the themes, concepts and ideas presented by these award winning authors resonate with me. I bring in the real life scenarios and passion from experience to teach this topic. Beyond that, my own background in education, teaching ESL and working with a multitude of immigrant families makes me most suited to bring their stories to the forefront. 
Weekly readings will be posted in the classroom page which must be completed before coming into class. Some readings may have a short reflective prompt to write and share as well. 
Memoir writing activity is encouraged with details discussed on how to conduct an interview of an immigrant and how to write a memoir. 
PDF handouts of the readings will be posted in the classroom page. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress is based on participation discussion and ability to hold a claim with proof from readings. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Shaheen Rasheed, MS Ed.
Lives in the United States
Experienced Teacher & Education Consultant
631 total reviews
524 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm Shaheen and I look forward to meeting you all virtually. I've been teaching language arts and the humanities for over 25 years in public, private and charter schools to elementary, middle and high school students. I also homeschool my... 
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