Multicultural Perspectives

This course is designed to consider the viewpoints, experiences, and identities of different cultural groups in society. By closely looking at literature written by and about these experiences, and obstacles, we will enrich our own perspectives.

To accomplish this we will immerse ourselves in literature, write daily, discuss and debate our views and opinions. We will also develop a classroom community that is supportive of one another so that each of us can be active participants and learn from each other. This class will help you develop your own voice, views, and also learn to respect and consider others opinions, experiences and thoughts.

Readings: 
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (Class text)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena
Soledad by Angie Cruz
Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
Honky by Dalton Conway
Makes Me Wanna Holla by Nathan McCall
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Indian Education by Sherman Alexie
Research: 

Students research background on James Baldwin, time period/setting of novel, and the history of blues in connection to the novel.

Media Used: 
Crash (film)
Blues music
Powerpoint
Significant Assignments: 

Cultural Vignettes: Students used Sherman Alexie's writing as a mentor text to write their own vignettes that explore their own cultural identity and experiences.

These are drafted, revised, and published as a class reading.

Significant Activities or Projects: 

Weekend Responses to Literature through letters, reflections, etc.
Poster/Powerpoint project on Character Study

Sample PBATs: 
Justifying False Claims
Life Without Justice
Other themes on justice and injustice in society using the novels read for class and independent reading.