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Hmong performer visits Begich Middle School

ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression. Vang will also share her own story in "Bollywood" format at a school assembly Wednesday. Her one-woman show "Hmong Bollywood," runs April 25-27 at Out North. "Her workshop was designed to inspire students to tell their own story," said principal Jeanne Fischer. "In keeping with our 'Character Takes Courage' theme for this year, it is important for students to learn to have the courage to share their story. Hmong writers and performers are underrepresented in our schools. Having a national performer as a guest is really special."
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Sixth grader Mai Nhia Xiong concentrates as she puts pen to paper to describe herself during a writing workshop conducted by Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R. I. Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. Vang spent the morning working with 25 English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language. Vang, who introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression, will also share her own story in "Bollywood" format at a school assembly Wednesday. Her one-woman show "Hmong Bollywood," runs April 25-27 at Out North. "Her workshop was designed to inspire students to tell their own story," said principal Jeanne Fischer. "In keeping with our 'Character Takes Courage' theme for this year, it is important for students to learn to have the courage to share their story. Hmong writers and performers are underrepresented in our schools. Having a national performer as a guest is really special."
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. introduces the concept of physical movement as a means of expression while working with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. challenges sixth-grade students to describe hair without using words during a workshop Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders to help them visually describe a story written by a classmate Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. listens to a student as she works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. challenges a student to mimic a monkey mentioned in a written story while working with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression. Vang will also share her own story in "Bollywood" format at a school assembly Wednesday. Her one-woman show "Hmong Bollywood," runs April 25-27 at Out North. "Her workshop was designed to inspire students to tell their own story," said principal Jeanne Fischer. "In keeping with our 'Character Takes Courage' theme for this year, it is important for students to learn to have the courage to share their story. Hmong writers and performers are underrepresented in our schools. Having a national performer as a guest is really special."
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Sixth grader Mai Nhia Xiong concentrates as she puts pen to paper to describe herself during a writing workshop conducted by Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R. I. Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. Vang spent the morning working with 25 English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language. Vang, who introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression, will also share her own story in "Bollywood" format at a school assembly Wednesday. Her one-woman show "Hmong Bollywood," runs April 25-27 at Out North. "Her workshop was designed to inspire students to tell their own story," said principal Jeanne Fischer. "In keeping with our 'Character Takes Courage' theme for this year, it is important for students to learn to have the courage to share their story. Hmong writers and performers are underrepresented in our schools. Having a national performer as a guest is really special."
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. introduces the concept of physical movement as a means of expression while working with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School. While conducting a writing workshop for English Language Learner students who primarily speak English as a second language, Vang introduced the concept of physical movement as another means of expression.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. challenges sixth-grade students to describe hair without using words during a workshop Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. works with sixth graders to help them visually describe a story written by a classmate Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. listens to a student as she works with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Hmong performance artist Katie Ka Vang of Providence, R.I. challenges a student to mimic a monkey mentioned in a written story while working with sixth graders Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 at Begich Middle School.
Erik Hill
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