I seem to be contributing little but asking for advice lots these days.
As I mentioned earlier, I'll be attending a program called Celebrate Reading this coming Saturday at UHawaii-Manoa. The program is intended for readers in general, but with a particular focus on middle and high school (and college) readers.
In addition to the two short program items I'm leading (one for students who have read JARAN and one on Reading and Writing Fantasy), I've been asked to write up a short handout that can be put under the Hawaii Council for the Humanities logo and handed out to teachers for, I guess, later use in classroom discussion.
This is a nebulous request, without much specificity (herewith an excerpt):
Matters of culture, language, values, ethics, and of course history strike me as very relevant to your novel and your many series, so here's hoping that in preparing for the festival you may like to [write] a handout that people could take home.
. . . speak to your audience on how your work . . . promotes whatever you think the humanities values--ethical and cultural awareness and tolerance, values-formation, value of language and identity, understanding of history, of cultural anthropology, philosophy, literature. Really, any time you put pen to paper and talk seriously and reflectively to the teens we are serving about why you write and why they read, you're going to be raising humanities issues.
I *think* this handout would be something in the nature of a question or statement posed, and short answer given; question/statement posed, short answer given; etc. I pose the questions or make a statement AND provide the answers! Obviously, there is a fair bit of leeway. Also, I do not want to spend hours on this.
I would love to hear what you lot have to say. I'm not thinking even so much specifically about my own works but these questions/statements dealing with fantasy/sf in general, and what teachers who are trying to engage students in reading and in thinking about writers, novels, and how writers engage with the world might be interested in seeing or find useful in terms of questions/statements answered.
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- the Values of the Humanities, and SFF