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  • Class description

    Write and publish a Biography Multimedia E-book in the world's first student-made AAPI online library, Make a book trailer movie, and present at the Young Author Talk Forum!

    In this hands-on, highly interactive project-based learning class, students will: 

    • Research and write a socially conscious biography with their unique voice 
    • Learn about book illustration & comics: character development, storyboard/plot, narrative arc, setting, dialog through panels, inking and coloring
    • Add illustration, audios, music, and video to the E-book     
    • Learn about the publishing process and publish the E-book
    • Make a book trailer movie for the E-book
    • Read each other's books and give constructive feedback  
    • Learn how to share their E-book on social media for the book launch  
    • Present their books and do an author talk to the community/real world audience at a local library with other authors! 
  • About Instructor

    • Our teachers are published authors and university teachers graduated from/teach at Harvard, UC Berkeley and UT Austin.

    David Siller is an author, poet and editor. He has taught language and literature classes at the University of Texas, Austin; Austin Community College; Brazosport College, Texas; and L’Université Paris X—Nanterre in France.  He has extensive digital writing, editing and teaching experience for and New York-based writing group Queens Poetic Alchemy Collective. He has produced and directed five stage plays. His translation and editing work includes those stage plays and a documentary film.

    He has a Master's degree in French Literature/Francophone Studies from University of Texas at Austin and B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and French. 



  • NextGen Edu 21st Century Skills and Mindset:

    • Advanced research skills 

    • Media literacy and critical thinking  

    • Multimedia creative design

    • Comics and illustration

    • Informational and narrative writing 

    • Digital publishing 

    • Grit and Growth mindset

    • Goals and Intrinsic motivation 

    • Audience awareness and empathy 

  • Class size

    Min: 6 kids
    Max: 8 kids 

    (We provide a need-based scholarship/tuition waiver to 1 student/each class. Please submit a request via the contact page.)  

  • Notes

    Curriculum designed by Dr. Jiang Pu. Lesson plans for Grade 4-7  developed by Dr. Pu & Oliver Chin; lesson plans for Grades 8-11 developed by Dr. Pu. We'll use Oliver Chin's "Awesome Asian Americians: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing" as our mentor text. We have hand-picked some of the best biographies as reference books. The book list will be sent out to our students 1 week before the classes. APPs that will be used for making the E-books, comics, and videos will be shared in the first week of class. 


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