Decolonizing Monologues

Created by Nicholas Pappas

In this unit, students will write a monologue authentic to their unique voice rather than to a Eurocentric canon model. We are going to decolonize the monologue. The goal in decolonizing monologues is to be inclusive of all voices in the classroom and to allow those voices to grow out of the unique style and cultural background of every student.

The overview sets the stage for the unit, including the decolonized mindset, tips for expanding knowledge, and time management suggestions.
1: Capturing the Way People Speak
Students will learn to break free of academia’s stringent MLA formatting and “proper” speech patterns, while recognizing their own code-switching, to capture authentic and natural rhythms to match the speech patterns of their friends, families, and community.
2: What is a Monologue?
Students will build upon the Overheard Dialogue lesson to write a first draft of an authentic, decolonized monologue that speaks to their interests and voice.
3: Workshopping and the Second Draft
Students will use a workshop process to build upon the first draft of their monologue and write a second, stronger draft of their monologue.

Standards Addressed

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