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East Asian Author Study Workshop: Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction

East Asian Author Study



This East Asian Author Study workshop explored the intersection between literature and culture. Teachers of grades K-12 gained new ideas, resources, and approaches to examine the culture and literature of China, Japan, and Korea. Each participant in the East Asian Author Study chose an author appropriate for the grade level they teach and read and studied that author independently over the course of a month. Issues of political history, factual accuracy, and authenticity to the original culture gave focus to each author study. When we use books with students that are grounded in the accurate facts of a culture and have illustrations that adhere faithfully to the original culture, our students access reliable information.


Saturday, January 10, 2015:  10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 31, 2015:  10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
University of Washington, Seattle

The class met for a two-hour introductory session followed by three weeks during which participants worked on their author studies. Then the group then reconvened for a three-hour meeting. Through whole group presentations teachers shared with one another information about their author and left the class with the whole group’s author studies. Understanding that most of the work was independent study, the class met five hours and generated 10 clock hours.


Mary Barber Roberts


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  • Course books
  • Ten free clock hours
  • $100 for the purchase of NCTA-recommended exemplary teaching materials for their classroom/teaching library upon completion of all assignments and the course evaluation.
  • A subscription to Education about Asia for the 2015-16 school year.