We held our first session of Power and Passion-Writing for Change as part of #GearUpNH. I am always inspired by the scholars who join us.
This semester Gear Up New Haven is offering after school academic programs on our main campus. New Haven Public Schools has donated the transportation and SCSU has donated the faculty time to run classes in math, English, and the Arts.
As literacy and technology coordinator I curate the learnign opportunities in the literacy strand. Mainly I just show up and learn.
In our first session we completed a challenge in the "Letters to the Next President" series. Specifically we completed a "Do Now" that had students define what it meant to be politically enaged. We recorded our definitions using iPads and I will be remixing these into a video.
Next week we will have two tasks:
- We will start to draft our letters to the next president.
- We will read and annotate a college level article: Exploring the Literate Trajectories of Youth Across Time and Space by Maisha Winn.
- Using Maisha Winn as a framework we will explore the Power issues surronding the movements emerging from Beyonce's Formation.
Words have power. They are shaped by those with power to mantain a narrative and words provide power to the powerless. In our class this semster we are asking youth, "How will you use your words?"