This course focuses on the writing of narrative, expository and argumentative texts in grades 6-12 History and ELA classrooms. Ideas and relevant instructional practices will focus on memoir as both a genre and model. Participants will work with examples of the genre by Marcel Proust,Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jacqueline Woodson and Thannha Lai. Texts from earlier periods, including accounts from kings and nomads, help to introduce early memoir to younger learners. Through reading, discussion and analysis of these and related historical and literary texts, participants will develop lessons and activities designed to engage learners in writing standard essays.
Carla Namboodiri-Williams is a Humanities Instructor with Oakland Unified School District’s Home and Hospital Program. Previously she was the Social Studies Chairperson for Skyline High School. Carla is a Reader for the AP World History Exam and participated in the BAWP Invitational Summer Institute in 2010.