The Voices of Our People: Nuestras Verdades: Educator and Reading and Discussion Guides
Following the publication of their first book, The Roots of Our People: From One World to Another, Juntos, the authors from Juntos NC spent a year sharing their pieces through reading events across the Raleigh-Wake County area to increase awareness and advocate for the Hispanic immigrant population in our community and the greater immigrant community in our nation. They utilized these moments to lead and empower youth, while also standing up for those that cannot yet find their voice to stand up for themselves. This book follows their explorations with their relationship to their community but also advocates for the challenges and issues that they and their families face. This bilingual text is proudly and boldly written in the form of blackout poetry, interviews, autoethnographies, letters and poems. Collectively, these pieces demonstrate the power of our voices and our truths.
For students: We recommend reading the book alongside the Reading and Discussion Guide. The book can be found here.
For teachers and educators: We have created guides that offer sample lesson activities, connections to CCCC, and discussion activities that help bring these books into your own classrooms. Students can respond to the questions independently, in groups, or as a class with The Voices of Our People: Nuestras Verdades. Some questions can also be utilized prior to reading, as well as after reading, to evaluate what and how your students have learned from the text.
The Voices of Our People: Nuestras Verdades: Educator Reading and Discussion Guides
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A collaboration among NC State’s College of Education, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, and educational community-based organizations to amplify the voices of historically underserved students through literacy learning and publication of student-authored narratives.
June 29, 2020
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation