Goals of today’s session:
- Introduce youth to the themes of science fiction writing as a tool for social revolution (i.e. afrofuturism, chicanofuturism, latinxfuturism)
- Give students the space and framework to begin writing their family stories and get feedback
- Go over DNA Celebration Day
- Check-in: What aspect (big or small) of your life do you think your ancestor who migrated would be most surprised about?
- Geneology and Genetics is ScienceFiction – On POC imagining our futures: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_n1szmHsGT7fOwRhsrX9f7SDsNC-WkuJQONOJNvRe_o/edit#slide=id.g160ab45571_0_31
- Read as a group an excerpt from Octavia Brood’s anthology: https://docs.google.com/document/d/145a8wMkfiT99DSwIU12THrNYSY0mULTPgbZQKFcz5pg/edit?usp=sharing
- 4) Practice: Writing Ourselves Into The Future (start at 2:30pm)
- Have students look at the slide show of their ancestors again as we begin this exercise:
- Worksheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13dAYK7Ir0P9SHVi2PGkne_FEPBHNGZTEzgZEd9MYvi4/edit?usp=sharing
- Imagine, you meet your ancestor, either the one who migrated or even further back:
- What challenges do they face?
- What’s their character like? What do they sound like? What are their dreams? What are their assets? Their fears?
- What’s their magic?
- What do they think about the US?
- What do they tell you about you? Your life? Your identities? Your struggles? Your fight for social justice? What questions do they have for you?
- What’s different about your lives?
- What’s the same about your lives?
- What tools do they offer you for telling your story? Their story? To keep on the struggle to win against injustice?
5). (If there’s time): Share excerpts, premises of stories with one another? And have a praise session
Below are excerpts of the stories students created today: