Program

The virtual program of study for this seminar will be composed of synchronous and asynchronous activities. To allow for full participation across different time zones, most whole-group activities will take place in two 1.5 hour sessions, from 12-1:30 and 2:15:3:45 EDT, with seminar-style discussions of reading in Session 1 and workshops in Session 2. Small group work and 1:1 consultations will be scheduled before or after, based on participants’ preferred meeting times.

As a Final Project, participants will draw on course readings and discussion to develop a series of assignments for the teaching of a selected literary work.

In preparation for the seminar, participants will read Louise Rosenblatt’s Literature as Exploration (5th edition, 1995), Harper Lee’s Too Kill a Mockingbird, and Stamped, by Ibram Kendi and Jason Reynolds. All other readings will be made available in advance of the seminar through this website.

Schedule

2:15-3:00Meeting with Emily Brantley, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities

Monday, July 12 (all times are Eastern Daylight)

12:00-1:30  Introductions
2:15-3:45 Workshop: Analyzing primary sources in the history of literature instruction

5-6:30 Individual Consultations

Tuesday, July 13

10:00-11:30 Individual Consultations
12:00-1:30 Seminar: Character Education

2:15-3:00 Meeting with Emily Brantley, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities
5-6:00 “Happy Hour” on SpatialChat

Wednesday, July 14

12:00-1:30 Seminar: The New Criticism

2:15-3:45 The New Criticism, part 2: education access  and literary studies

Thursday, July 15

12:00-1:30
Transactional Reading
  • Rosenblatt, Louise M. Literature as Exploration. 5th ed, 1995.
2:15-3:45 Revisiting Rosenblatt in the 1960s

5:30-7:00 Public Lecture

Nicole Wallack, Columbia University, hosted by the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, “Teaching the Literary and Civic Virtues of the Essay.”

Friday, July 16

10–11:30 Project Development in Small Groups
12:00-1:30 What is close reading? (Nicole Wallack)

2:15-3:45 Writing to Read Workshop (Nicole Wallack)
5-6:30 Project Development in Small Groups

Monday, July 19

12:00-1:30 Transactional Reading and To Kill a Mockingbird

2:15-3:45 Project Development in Small Groups

Tuesday, July 20

12:00-1:30 Diversity and Anti-Racism in the history of literature instruction

2:15-3:45 Current Conversations in Anti-Racist Teaching

  • Reynolds J, Kendi IX. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. Little, Brown, and Company; 2020.
  • Ebarvia, Tricia, and Kimberly Parker. “#BlackLivesMatter: When Real Life and YA Fiction Converge.” Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book, edited by Pauline Skowron Schmidt, vol. 107, no. 5, 2018, pp. 92–95.

Wednesday, July 21

12:00-1:30 Standards and Testing (Visiting Scholar Sarah Levine) 

2:15-3:45 Restorative Literacy (Deirdre Faughey)

Thursday, July 22

12:00-1:30 Participants’ presentations on Curricular Units (Part 1) (12-1:30 EDT)
2:15-3:45 Literature Instruction, Past, Present and Future: A Collaborative Manifesto

Friday, July 23

12:00-1:30 Participants’ presentations on Curricular Units (Part 2)
2:15-3:45 Reflections, Evaluations, Next Steps