ENGL 920 (01) - Issues in Teaching English and the Language Arts

Spc Top/Celebration Read/Write

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 2.0
Term: Summer 2022 - Special Summer Session (05/23/2022 - 08/28/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   14  
CRN: 70912
Special topics in the teaching of English and the language arts. Inquire at the English department to see what topics in the teaching of reading, writing, literature, or language arts may be scheduled. Open only to graduate students with a professional interest in teaching or to practicing teachers. 1-6 credits depending on the specific course.
Section Comments: Celebration of Readers and Writers
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Instructors: Tomasen Carey

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
7/5/2022 7/8/2022 TWRF 8:15am - 3:30pm HS 202
Additional Course Details: 

In Celebration of Readers and Writers: The Infusion of Movement, Merriment, and Joy

“I like coming to school because there is always something to look forward to.” 

                                                                 ~ Kadi, 5th grader 

Routines are what make a classroom run and what could be better than built-in celebrations that students not only look forward to, but plan for?  A celebratory culture of movement, voice and choice engages us in laughter, pleasure and yes, even healing.  Starting small, affirmations can take just a few minutes and may eventually lead up to larger events such as a more carefully planned Literary Tea inviting family and friends to join in community over books and words. 

In this course we will read and write a variety of diverse short texts including young adult novels in verse, picture books, poetry, flash fiction and more.  We will then bring these readings and writings to life through multi-modal expressions of the visual, linguistic, spatial, aural, and gestural to deepen comprehension, connection, collective creativity, and engagement.  Some of these include: 

  • Book Bash  

  • Soapbox Moment 

  • Speed Date Share 

  • Literary Tea 

  • Friday Festival 

  • LOUD Around the Room  

  • Poetry Slam  

  • Tailgating 

  • Genre Gala  

  • Open Mic  

“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel they’re valued." Sir Ken Robinson 

*This course will run 4 days the week of July 4th and then meet again for one day later in the summer to share final celebrations together virtually. 

Field Coordinator of the Writers’ Academy and the Learning through Teaching Programs, Tomasen M Carey is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of New Hampshire where she is the Field Coordinator of the Learning Through Teaching Program and Director of UNH Writers Academy for youth. She is the voice behind the blog, Conversation Education (https://conversationeducation.com/) where she shares resources, questions the current state of education, and reflects on her work and her own literary life.