On April 5–6, 2018, Humanities Texas held one-day workshops in Austin and San Antonio for language arts teachers on teaching the plays of William Shakespeare.
Faculty lectures addressed the historical and cultural contexts of Shakespeare's works, approaches to commonly taught comedies and tragedies, teaching using performance-based strategies, and developing effective writing assignments that support and emerge from the study of Shakespeare's works.
The workshops emphasized close interaction with scholars and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content was aligned with the secondary ELA TEKS.
Workshop faculty included J. Dennis Huston of Rice University, Ann Christensen and Laura Turchi of the University of Houston, and Paul Sullivan and Elizabeth Richmond-Garza of The University of Texas at Austin.
The Austin workshop was held on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The San Antonio workshop was held at Education Service Center, Region 20.
The workshops were made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.