From July 13–17, 2020, Humanities Texas held an online professional development institute for English language arts teachers on teaching literature at the secondary level.
The institute addressed topics and skills central to the state's high school ELA curriculum.
Each faculty member led a two-hour session that provided resources and strategies for helping students to become better readers of fiction, poetry, and expository prose. Faculty addressed the following topics: Teaching Poetry; Teaching Fiction—Text and Context; Teaching Drama; African American Literature: Defining American Identity; and Teaching Argumentative Writing.
Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute emphasized close interaction with scholars and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.
The program faculty included Maryse Jayasuriya (The University of Texas at El Paso), David Kornhaber (The University of Texas at Austin) and Greg Brownderville, Darryl Dickson-Carr, and Marta Krogh of Southern Methodist University.
The schedule for the "Teaching Literature" online institute can be viewed here.
The institute was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.