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Literature Lost in Transition Summit 2013

Join us for the first Literature Lost in Transition Summit!
Getting the Gist: Examining Close Reading and the Common Core State Standards

Thursday, October 17 - Friday, October 18

Casper, WY

Registration is free, but required.
Click here to register today!

0.5 PTSB credit will be available.
 

Dinner on Thursday night and light breakfast on Friday morning will be provided by the Wyoming School-University Partnership.
Lodging and travel are the responsibility of the participant or their home institution. For lodging suggestions, see links below.

Summit Goals

  1. Develop a clear sense of what close reading means for secondary and postsecondary literature classes in light of the Common Core State Standards.
  2. Establish shared points of reference for introductory literature classes at the postsecondary level, including AP English classes and dual and concurrent enrollment classes.
  3. Foster conversation and collaboration across secondary and postsecondary levels for educators teaching literature and humanities classes.

 

 

Agenda

Thursday, October 17

3 Crowns Golf Club
1601 King Boulevard
Casper

5:30-6:00 p.m. Registration and welcomes
6:00-8:45

Dinner and panel discussion - Deciphering Close Reading: Closing in on what it means, how to do it, and connections to the Common Core State Standards
Panel:Deidre Meyer (Fremont 1), Hillary Reisig(Fremont 1), Wes Connally (Central Wyoming College), and Peter Parolin (University of Wyoming). Moderated by Beth Wiley (Partnership).

8:45-9:00 p.m. Meet small groups for Friday morning


Friday, October 18

UW Outreach Building, 951 North Poplar Street

 

7:30-7:45 a.m. Light breakfast (coffee and pastries), registration, meet with small groups from Thursday evening
7:45-8:15 Distance MA in English from UW - Peter Parolin
8:15-8:30
Large group welcomes and the day’s agenda - Beth Wiley
8:30-9:30 Small group discussions - Examining student work through the lens of close reading- Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Each participant should bring 8 copies of at least one of the following: a short student writing sample with names removed, an assignment, a rubric, a text, or something else relating to close reading from your class. We encourage all participants to bring something they feel they do well (an aha), and something they have questions or concerns about (an oh no).

9:30-9:45
Stretching and refreshment break
9:45-10:00 Large group reporting out: ahas and oh nos! - Caroline McCracken-Flesher
10:00-10:45 Table break-outs for specific questions
  1. Best teaching practices for specific close reading techniques: e.g. prosody, diction and register, figures of speech, imagery, other - Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Wes Connally
  2. Helping students provide evidence from a text and direct quotations - Hillary Reisig, Tammy Mielke, Peter Parolin
  3. Teaching research techniques in light of the CCSS (or dealing with students’ lack of background knowledge) - Leslie Rush, Paul Bergstraesser
10:45-11:00 Large group reporting out for specific questions - Beth Wiley
11:00-11:15
Stretching and refreshment break
11:15-11:45
Large group discussion - Finding common reference points for literature classes, including AP
English, dual and concurrent enrollment classes, Community College 1020, and
University of Wyoming 2020 - Wes Connally
11:45-12:00 p.m. Wrap up, next steps, evaluation of the day’s work, and adjourn
             


Required Materials

To facilitate a strong, productive summit, each participant should bring 8 copies of at least one of the following: a short student writing sample with names removed, an assignment, a rubric, a text, or something else relating to close reading from your class. We encourage all participants to bring something they feel they do well (an aha), and something they have questions or concerns about (an oh no).

For Thursday night discussion

Please follow this link to watch David Coleman discuss how to do his version of a close reading with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" http://vimeo.com/27056255

Please read as much of the following as you can or are interested in. We ask that everyone read at least one of the following:

Robert Scholes, "The English Apparatus" from Textual Power: Literary Theory and the Teaching of English (1985). Download here.

T.S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent," from The Sacred Wood (1920).  http://www.bartleby.com/200/sw4.html

I.A. Richards, "Introductory," from Practical Criticism (1929). http://archive.org/stream/practicalcritici030142mbp#page/n29/mode/2up

Cleanth Brooks, "The Heresy of Paraphrase," from The Well Wrought Urn (1947). http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/%7erlbeebe/heresy.pdf


Event Sponsors

Wyoming School-University Partnership - www.uwyo.edu/wsup

Department of English, University of Wyoming - www.uwyo.edu/english

Undergraduate Programs, College of Education, University of Wyoming - www.uwyo.edu/ted

Lodging Suggestions

Quality Inn & Suites
821 North Poplar Street
Casper, WY 82601
307-266-2400

Mention that you are coming for the University of Wyoming, Wyoming School-Univerity Partnership Literature Conference, and ask for their school rate of $84.99

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