Upcoming Institutes

Close Reading with Rigor and Joy: Webinars in Partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library (2021 Webinars)


On July 27 and 28, 2021, Humanities Texas will partner with the Folger Shakespeare Library to hold two standalone professional development webinars on teaching Shakespeare and texts from Harlem Renaissance and Mexican American writers.

  • July 27: Close Reading with Rigor and Joy: Shakespeare and Texts from the Harlem Renaissance
  • July 28: Close Reading with Rigor and Joy: Shakespeare and Texts by Mexican American Writers

Both webinars will take place online via Zoom from 1:00–3:30 p.m. CT.

Curriculum

The webinars will be rooted in the Folger Method—a set of student-focused principles and essential classroom practices that motivates students to read closely, interrogate actively, and make meaning from texts. The first webinar will demonstrate the Folger Method using both works by Shakespeare and writers of the Harlem Renaissance, including Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neal Hurston. The second webinar will demonstrate the Folger Method using both works by Shakespeare and Mexican American/Chicano writers, including Ada Limón, Gary Soto, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Sandra Cisneros, and Victor Martinez.

Participating teachers will leave with practical strategies and enduring understandings on how the Folger Method gets ALL students to read closely, live inside the language of remarkable writers, and even talk back to them.

Faculty

Education staff from the Folger Shakespeare Library will lead the webinars.

Eligibility

The webinars are open to secondary language arts teachers in Texas schools.

CPE Credits

The webinar is free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis. Depending on the number of applicants, Humanities Texas may have to limit attendance for the online program.

The application will close at 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 22.

Sponsors

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

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.