Beyond the Research Paper: Project-Based Methods to Eleveate Civic Discourse

Workshop | June 24 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, To Be Determined

 Kristin Land, The Bay Area Writing Project

 The Bay Area Writing Project

Now more than ever teachers need to design writing prompts that aim to elevate civic discourse. In this session, participants will experience project-based, student-centered methods that promote critical questioning and bring the researched argument to life – especially for Long-Term English Learners. Each practice is designed to spark lively student-to-student discussion about complex text. Ultimately, these discussions serve as bridges to authentic argumentative writing. By emphasizing the reading, writing, speaking connection, project-based methods honor the diverse linguistic assets our students possess and encourage them to advocate for changes needed in their communities. Texts used during the workshop will focus on the theme of restorative justice, but materials are easily adaptable to other themes. The session is ideal for humanities and English courses taught at the secondary or college level.