Writing for Critical Literacy, Grades 11-12

Accelerated Summer Writing Course for PEOPLE Program

The PEOPLE program is a college-prep program for students of color and low-income students beginning in middle school and continuing through college, where students have earned a five-year tuition scholarship. This class served students entering eleventh and twelfth grade and emphasizes the development of critical literacy skills through a curriculum focused on social justice. Because students are not assigned homework in PEOPLE courses, we read, analyzed, and wrote about M.K. Asante's memoir Buck as a class, using group work, outdoor activities, and other active-learning strategies to foster critical literacy skills. Upon passing the course, I wrote each student a personalized recommendation letter to (optionally) use in their college applications.