Past Institutes

Teaching Texas Literature

On November 30 and December 1, 2017, Humanities Texas held workshops in Dallas and San Antonio on teaching critical reading and writing skills, focusing on works from the Texas literary tradition.


The workshops emphasized close interaction with scholars and writers and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Faculty examined works by authors including Oscar Cásares, Sandra Cisneros, and Katherine Anne Porter; introduced UT's Close Reading Instructional Tool; and discussed effective, research-based approaches to writing instruction. Strategies and content aligned with the secondary-level English and language arts TEKS.

Workshop faculty included Adriane Bezusko (Tulane University), Norma E. Cantú (Trinity University), Claudia McMillan (Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture), and Patricia M. García, Coleman Hutchison, and Susan Schorn of The University of Texas at Austin.

Locations and Schedules

Download the overview for each workshop.

DallasNovember 30Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and CultureOverview
San AntonioDecember 1Education Service Center Region 20Overview


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.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Adriane Bezusko, curricular innovation and education outreach specialist at The University of Texas at Austin, speaks about critical reading and curriculum development in Dallas.
Susan Schorn, senior program coordinator for the Center for the Skill and Experience Flags at The University of Texas at Austin, guides a seminar in Dallas.
A workshop participant engages in discussion on critical reading and curriculum development in Dallas.
Patricia M. García, professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, answers questions during a seminar on critical reading in San Antonio.
Norma E. Cantú, former Humanities Texas board member and Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University, mentors educators on critical reading in San Antonio.