American Creed: Documentary Screening and Discussion


Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Van Pelt Library, Class of 1955 Conference Room 

3420 Walnut Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19104 

This location is ADA accessible

The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) is located in the Reading/Writing/Literacy Program and the Language, Culture, and International Education Division in the Graduate School of Education. One of the premier sites of the National Writing Project, PhilWP has a 32-year history as a teacher network collaborating with over 800 teacher consultants who work in a variety of ways with teachers and other educators to explore literacy, writing, teaching, and learning in their classrooms and schools. Students and teachers are engaged in discussions about cutting-edge topics that enhance their exposure to critical issues in literary works and in the world. For the University of Pennsylvania Teach-In, PhilWP will air American Creed, a new PBS film, that explores values that underlie American identity and that encourages dialogue across difference. The filming will be followed by a workshop session, facilitated by Dr. Vivian Gadsden, and will include public school students from the Philly School Media Network (Henry C. Lea, George Washington Carver, U School, and Youth Build) and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Penn faculty, graduate students, K-12 teachers, and Philadelphia students will be invited to discuss issues raised in the film and co-construct knowledge and strategies for engaging in civic participation and civic discourse. The knowledge generated from this session will support the use of the film in classrooms and communities and provide resources for publishing essays, other writings, and projects that are being produced locally and nationally by students.

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