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Write About Asia: 2019 Freeman Award Winners

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This workshop was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and was facilitated by Mary Roberts.

The online workshop allowed teachers to study and write about the 2019 Freeman Award books for children and young adults. These award books contributed to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. During the workshop, educators reviewed the 2019 Freeman Award Winners for grades 2-8 classrooms, read and wrote about the texts, shared responses with other writers, and received free clock hours.

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University sponsor the annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature. The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. Awards are given in two categories: Children’s and Young Adult on the several countries of East and Southeast Asia.

Program details

This workshop spanned multiple sessions: one for the introduction to the 2019 Freeman Award Winners and one writer’s session for each of the following titles. Participants received three clock hours for each session attended. Educators committed to attending at least two sessions.  The workshop was open to K-12 teachers.

All participants attended:

July 21, 2020 (3:00 – 4:30 p.m PDT): Introduction to the 2019 Freeman Award Winners

Participants picked one or more of the following sessions:

July 28, 2020 (3:00 – 4:30 p.m PDT): Writer’s Workshop Sharing based upon Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

August 4, 2020 (3:00 – 4:30 p.m PDT): Writer’s Workshop Sharing based upon A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata

August 11, 2020 (3:00 – 4:30 p.m PDT): Writer’s Workshop Sharing based upon The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

August 18, 2020 (3:00 – 4:30 p.m PDT): Writer’s Workshop Sharing based upon All The Ways Home by Elsie Chapman

August 25, 2020 (3:00 – 4:30 p.m PDT): Writer’s Workshop Sharing based upon The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden by Heather Smith

Program benefits

  • 3 Washington State OSPI clock hours for each session
  • Free copies of the workshop texts

 

Books

You can view this collection on Goodreads.

East Asia Resource Center

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195-3650