Culturally Relevant Writing and Expression
Music, Culture, Literature, Writing (MCLW)
During the summer of 2014-16, ITY launched a culturally relevant writing module for the San Diego two-week pedagogical agenda. With support from La Clase Magica, UCSD Vice Chancellor's EDI Office, youth utilized their distinct funds of knowledge to hone their academic writing skills and unleash their creative power as a strategic tool to help embrace their agency and voices.
Lessons learned from 2014 , 2015, and 2016 provided a working module for reservation communities. In the Fall of 2016 a course servicing adults and teen-agers was offered at San Pasqual Indian Reservation, our proven learning educational site.
The curriculum emphasizes:
• Informative/Explanatory Writing
• Argumentative Writing
• Creative Writing
• Video Literacy, Story Writing
Young Native Scholars Writer’s Workshop 2017-18
Cultural memory is generally characterized as a particular form of deep-structured preservation of earlier histories, while the experience of forced migration often exemplifies a violent break from one’s origins. However, #DNA is proven to have memory and holds more data then many large comupters combined.
This proposed course interrogates possible means of rejoining these seemingly disparate processes (i.e. the deeply rooted cultural ‘conservation’ associated with collective memory and the cultural ‘untethering’ of forced migration). In this multimedia writing course Native high school students will both examine and create critical forms of media that investigate the ways in which displaced peoples can attempt to reclaim and marshall aspects of cultural memory in order to negotiate complex notions of collectivity, belonging, and identity.
In 2016, youth specifically used media archaeology and micro-ethnography approaches, students (with the guidance of a research based instruction team) wrote, produced, and filmed a 13 minute cultural memory-based ‘collective autobiography’ video project, which incorporated their course writing, filmed video content, audio collection, and artwork in an effort to begin to reconstruct ties to their local Native maritime culture. Editing services were provided by the instructional team and informed by the students’ editorial input. At the conclusion of the course, students exposed multimodal forms of research writing, including literature search and review, data analysis, storyboarding, and experimental documentary design and production.
The film created was called "Native Like Water: We're Still Here". It is now touring film festivals and premiers national and internationally.
Main Instructor: Caroline Collins, MFA;
UC San Diego, Department of Communication
2018 Special Guests and Invited Lectures TBA