On December 7, 2017, Humanities Texas held a workshop in Austin on teaching critical reading and writing skills, focusing on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
The workshop emphasized close interaction with scholars and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Participants covered a broad range of Poe's works during the workshop, including poems such as "The Raven" and "Sonnet—To Science" and tales such as "The Cask of Amontillado," "MS Found in a Bottle," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." Danielle Brune Sigler of UT's Harry Ransom Center introduced participants to the HRC's Poe-related holdings and teaching resources.
In their lectures and afternoon seminars, faculty placed special emphasis on teaching critical reading skills. Strategies and content aligned with the secondary-level English and language arts TEKS.
Workshop faculty included Coleman Hutchison and Patricia Roberts-Miller (The University of Texas at Austin), J. Gerald Kennedy (Lousiana State University), Julie Sievers (Southwestern University), and Danielle Brune Sigler of the Harry Ransom Center.
The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.