Writing Absent Narratives Lesson Plans

Writing Absent Narratives Lesson Plans

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | $75*

*includes 4.5 clock hours, continental breakfast, and lunch


Participants will come ready to work on incorporating one or more absent narratives of their choice into their classroom curriculum — either an existing unit or a new unit/lesson plan. Participants will review the Absent Narratives Approach™ to develop an idea for a new or revised unit/lesson plan, and be guided through a practical curriculum-development process using an adaptation of the Understanding by Design® framework and process (McTighe and Wiggins).

Lesson plans might include studying the settling of the territory of Minnesota from the perspective of the Dakota; incorporating more women of color artists into a unit on American pop art; or teaching novels like “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin by beginning with slavery and race laws.

Participants should bring their laptops and any portable resources they think they might need to develop their curriculum.

Sun Yung Shin is a Minnesota-licensed Language Arts & Communication teacher (grades 5 – 12), with a BA in English from Macalester College, a Master in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University. She has been a full-time English classroom teacher since 2005. The author of six books, including the Minnesota Book Award-winner “Unbearable Splendor” and the best-selling “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota,” Shin has presented widely on equity, education, and writing. She has training in restorative justice, talking circles, and is a YWCA of Minneapolis-trained Racial Justice Facilitator. Currently she is also a Gale Public Practice Fellow at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and is an independent arts event curator. Co-director of Poetry Asylum, she is dedicated to creating space for marginalized populations. She is a Korean immigrant, raised in the Chicago area, and she lives in Minneapolis with her family.

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