“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
- James Baldwin
2017 - 2021
CSU Expository Reading and Writing
12th Grade English
This class is designed to engage students in critical reading. As critical readers we question both the writer’s intentions and our own.
HUMAN 120: Introduction to Humanities: Imagination, Invention and Creativity
Grades 10 -12
We explore the science and practice of originality and creative problem solving. DE college credit course with Contra Costa Community College.
Film as literature
Grades 10 -12
We develop criticality by watching, describing and analyzing film form and aesthetics.
11th Grade English
In this class we ask, how does language interrupt or perpetuate systems of power?
Grades 9 -12
We use language as a tool to explore our lives and the lives of others.
How can journalism engage young adults?
Looking Beyond English: Linguistic inquiry for English Language Learners
Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?
“Crooked head” is the tribe’s term for any language that is not Pirahã, and it is a clear pejorative. The Pirahã consider all forms of human discourse other than their own to be laughably inferior, and they are unique among Amazonian peoples in remaining monolingual.
Introduction to linguistics: MIT Open Courseware
This class will provide some answers to basic questions about the nature of human language. Throughout the course, we will be examining a number of ways in which human language is a complex but law-governed mental system...
SKILLS: School Kids Investigating Language in Life + Society
SKILLS , the first program to teach linguistics in California’s public schools, is a collaboration between UCSB faculty and students and Master Teachers in high school classes in Santa Barbara County.
Animated Shorts Celebrate 11 of Mexico’s Indigenous Languages
Sesenta y Ocho Voces, Sesenta y Ocho Corazones is a new initiative from Mexico’s government Fund for The Culture and Arts (FONCA) that seeks to elevate Mexico’s 68 indigenous languages by preserving their myths, legends, poems, and stories in the form of beautifully animated short
Research Justice in the English Classroom
12th Grade English
In August 2018, our classroom received a Teaching Tolerance grant for our 12th grade students to design and implement research on peer voting knowledge, attitudes and behavior.
The grant will pay for two graduate or undergraduate researchers from local colleges to collaborate with students.
Call for Collaborators
We put out this call for undergraduate or graduate students
Using a “Research Justice Framework” (DataCenter), 12th graders will generate original research about voting knowledge, attitudes, and behavior among their peers, then analyze and share results. We’re looking for two undergraduate or graduate researchers to lead two classes (60 students) through the design and implementation of their research.
The Voting Project
We set out to understand youth voting attitudes and behavior
With our collaborator from UC Davis, Gabriel Martinez, we set out to understand youth voting attitudes and behaviors. 60 high school seniors designed an online survey that was completed by nearly 350 juniors and seniors. We are analyzing the results now.
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