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Use Your Voice: Creating New Characters Through Voice Acting

English

Writing for Justice: Using Your Words to Create Positive Social Change

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We will help your students recognize social injustices in our world, realize the power in their individual voices, and use those voices as a means of peaceful protest and activism through their own forms of personal expression.
Mrs. Rae Marie (Writing, Poetry, ACE Educator)
396 total reviews for this teacher
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12-16
year old learners
7th-10th
US Grade Level
3-6
learners per class

$72

Charged upfront
$18 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
60 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Our goals for these sessions are to 1) recognize and more deeply understand social injustices within our world, 2) guide the students (through discussion) in determining realistic and positive steps they can take toward eliminating these injustices, and 3) giving voice to those steps through words and art to create positive and lasting change. Students will understand that their written words can be further used in essays, blogs, vlogs, student newspapers, or other avenues (with parental consent).
I've spent approximately 30 years working in organizational, community, and educational settings with students and families that represent diverse backgrounds. These include LGBTQ+ students, students and families of varied races, socio-economic backgrounds (including extreme poverty), and philosophical beliefs. I believe that every voice represents a set of unique experiences and should be given respect. This is how we all come to understand and appreciate all people.

Our live sessions will be largely filled with discussions of our weekly topics. I will make an effort to have 10-15 minutes toward the end of our sessions to allow the writing process to begin. That allows me to check in with everyone during our time together to assist with strong starts. The completed homework, in whatever form the student chooses (essay, slides, blog-style post, audio/video recording, and visual art), should be submitted privately to me as soon as possible, but no later than the day before our next session. This allows me to look over it, confer with students (as needed), and to prepare for how it is to be presented during class the next day (i.e. slides, recordings, videos, etc.) 
Students will need either pen and paper or a device that allows them to create and save documents. As they will be given multiple ways to present their work (essay, slides, blog-style post, audio/video recording, and visual art), they will need access to the technology/apps to create them and be able to share them with me. Students will be given an outline to be used each week so that important points are covered. This will be a printable document placed in the classroom on our first day. A copy of it will be needed for each of our four weeks.
Our weekly discussions along with the completed homework (essay, slides, blog-style post, audio/video recording, and visual art) will evidence each learner's understanding of our topics. There will be no graded work.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Our discussions and writing products will cover topics of social injustice and inequity that will include race and racism, LGBTQ+ concerns, food deserts, and educational/technological inequality. Students will be instructed that all discussion and work products should be free of explicit language or content. (Please refer to The Four Tenants of Peace shared in the class description above.) Always feel free to ask questions for added clarity, whenever needed. 
The sources for our discussions and photos used will come from the Southern Poverty Law Center (https://www.splcenter.org/), and will include the following: Learning for Justice (publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center) (https://wwwlearningforjustice.org), Social Justice Standards (https://www.learningforjustice.org/frameworks/social-justice-standards), Art as Resistance (Part 1) (https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/art-as-resistance-part-1), and Art as Resistance (Part 2) (https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/art-as-resistance-part-2). We will also refer to the National Gallery of Art: Uncovering America (https://www.nga.gov/learn/teachers/lessons-activities/uncovering-america.html),

Teacher

Mrs. Rae Marie (Writing, Poetry, ACE Educator)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
B.A. (Education/cum Laude), M.Ed. (Curriculum & Instruction/Magna cum Laude), and M.Ed. (Educational Leadership/Summa cum Laude)
396 total reviews
519 completed classes

About Me

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS
•	B.A. (Education/cum Laude) 

•	M.Ed. (Curriculum & Instruction/Magna cum Laude) 

•	M.Ed. (Educational Leadership/Summa cum Laude)

•	ESL Certification

•	Principal Certification

*       Outschool ACE Educator 

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