Continuing Education Workshops

Teaching English

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Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.00

Individual Session Titles and Descriptions

Teaching Literature and Fostering Digital Literacy in the Age of Google

Presented by: Anna Thompson Hajdik, Ph.D.

As countless journalists and techno pundits have observed, high school students of the millennial generation have grown up in an era of "Googlization." They are bombarded with data and ever-evolving technologies that have fundamentally transformed how, where, why, and when they consume information. The new standards of the Common Core reflect this shift with significant attention devoted to authorship, credibility, and the accuracy of online sources. This session focuses on the effective design of assignments that link traditional methods of teaching literature (both fiction and nonfiction) to a range of appropriate online resources that provide numerous opportunities to foster visual and digital literacy and promote critical thinking. The instructor will demonstrate the online resources available from such institutions as the Library of Congress and the Wisconsin State Historical Society, highlight sample assignments that have proved especially effective in the College Freshman English classroom, and facilitate discussion on this topic.

Teaching Shakespeare's "Craft and Structure" Using Film and Performance

Presented by: Donald Jellerson Ph.D.

Under the category of "Craft and Structure," the Common Core Reading Standards set out these learning objectives: students at the High School level should be able to "determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text," and "analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices." And they should be able to identify and analyze rhetorical effects - "how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text." Teaching Shakespeare is an excellent opportunity to further student learning in these categories. This workshop will provide specific strategies for teaching the "close reading" of Shakespeare's dramatic works through the use of performance and film. We will ask, in other words, how we might use visual language (film) and theatrical practice (performance) to effectively augment student reading practices.

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