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African American Plays

3 Credits
This class will guide high school teachers through a survey of plays by African Americans to gain an understanding and empathy for African American culture. These texts will expose the reader to an array of experiences within the African American culture, including nuances such as racism within the culture, identity, self-image, and generational differences. Students will create lesson plans to teach three plays, make correlations between other media and the assigned texts, and reflect on their experience in relating to students and staff of a culture different than their own.

NOTE: Required books must be acquired separately.

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Emily Howard

I have a BA in English and an MA in Theatre. My Masters Thesis explored California’s Visual and Performing Arts Standards. My teaching experience includes third-fifth grade elementary, Beginning Acting Instructor at San Jose State University, and Artist-in-Residence Teacher through San Joaquin County for K-8 Theatre and Improvisation. I taught Speech, Storytelling, and Improvisation for 5-8th graders for three years in Tracy, CA. I acted professionally in Los Angeles and love to inspire others to explore how theatre can be life-changing!