Past Institutes

Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

On February 21, 2019, Humanities Texas held a one-day teacher workshop in Dallas focusing on teaching Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird as well as other writings from the civil rights movement.

Faculty and curriculum

Content was aligned with the TEKS. Topics addressed Harper Lee's inspirations for, and composition of, To Kill a Mockingbird; important contexts for understanding the novel; contemporaneous writings from the civil rights movement; and effective strategies for teaching the novel at the secondary level.

The workshop featured close interaction with scholars and master teachers and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.

Workshop faculty included Thomas DiPiero (Southern Methodist University), Katherine Henninger (Louisiana State University), Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin), Aram Goudsouzian (University of Memphis), and Shirlene Bridgewater, former high school ELA teacher and recipient of a Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.

Location and schedule

Download the workshop schedule. The workshop took place on February 21, 2019, at Communities Foundation of Texas in Dallas.


The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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