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To Solve a Mockingbird: Design Thinking K-12 ELA

How might we design a tiny house for George and Lennie? How might we help the Prince keep peace between Montague and Capulet? How might we develop a new snowsuit for Thomas as well as our friends? When we consider design thinking as literacy pedagogy rather than classroom project, we uncover tremendous human-centered, empathy-fueled problem solving opportunities within the characters of our stories, the margins of our essays, the stanzas of our poetry and the prologues of our plays. Learn how to apply principles of design and engineering to the English language arts from grades K through 12 and walk away with tools and strategies you can use with students tomorrow.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn essential elements of the design thinking process, including empathizing, ideating, prototyping, feedback and iteration.
  2. Participants will identify and experiment with design thinking tools and strategies they can readily apply to their ELA-related impact areas.
  3. Participants will develop plans for applying DT to ELA curricular goals, based on examples and coaching from the session facilitators.



Dan Ryder, English Teacher, Mt Blue High School

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