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Brown Girl Dreaming
by Cristina Henríquez


This book was presented at YAL & has a teacher created unit.

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YAL Presenter Unit 2015/2016

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2015, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Susan Garr and Christine Johnson

YAL Conference Workshop Description
Brown Girl Dreaming: Exploring Identity, Connecting to History, and Finding the Power of Voice
Susan Garr and Christine Johnson, Presenters

Written in free verse, vivid and direct, Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir explores her dreams, family history, identity and voice. She shares memories of growing up during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement, and of leaving her Southern home for multi- ethnic New York. She reveals her difficulties in school at the same time that she discovers her love of stories and her beginnings as a writer. Through her poetry, we look into the soul of a young girl, then a young woman, as she learns who she is and who she can be.

Brown Girl Dreaming invites the reader to examine the significance of personal history and how it connects with the broader history of our times. Woodson urges us to ask: How am I shaped by history? And how might I shape history? Woodson weaves her memories and dreams into beautiful poems that offer our students both a window and a mirror into what it takes to know the self—to ask Who am I? Where do I belong? How do I know?

This hands-on, inquiry-based workshop will use Brown Girl Dreaming to explore identity, connect our personal stories to our country’s history, and consider its relevance to the world today. Strategies to be experienced: gallery walk, reading as inquiry, thinking like a writer, discussion circles and inquiry stations. Join us for a lively and engaging journey into this book, and be ready to share your dreams.

Workshop Description for YAL 2015


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Units for Books


Subjects: English Literature
Grade Level: 9th
Posted: 2017, CCSS, Common Core State Standards


The Power of Stories

Unit by Senn High School, Madeline Kobayashi


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This unit was created for Literature Circles and includes the following books:


The Circuit

by Francisco Jiménez


Silver People

by Margarita Engle


Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White

by Lila Quintero Weaver


Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie



by Marjane Satrapi


I am Malala

Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb