Literature Guide 9-12

Georgia Dept. of Education 1983 (ERIC)

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.

The primary research project will be a curricular unit that combines learning objectives as defined by the participant’s state standards with others adapted from literature-instruction’s past, especially its currently-marginalized concern with citizenship.

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.


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

Tuesday, July 13

12:00-1:30 Seminar: Character Education

2:15-3:45 Library orientation

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

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

12:00-1:30 What is close reading? (Nicole Wallack)
2:15-3:45 Writing to Read Workshop (Nicole Wallack)

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

Wednesday, July 21

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

  • Multiple Entry Points (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