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In collaboration with the Ernest J. Gaines Center
For teachers of grades 7–12
After a short introduction to Gaines’s place in the canon of American and world literature, participants will view the PBS American Short Story Series film adaptation of the Gaines story.
Participants will discuss cultural identifiers of justice issues and how different races, classes, and people of different ages and backgrounds might identify and view social justice issues. Teachers will then develop writing strategies for their students, such as storytelling, newspaper reporting, personal essays, interaction of students with characters in the story or with the author (including letter writing), current event reflections, research projects, editorials, and even oral story sharing and film activity.
Professional Development Workshops demonstrate practical and proven techniques for teaching in the arts, about the arts and through the arts.