This spring, Humanities Texas will hold one-day workshops across the state for Texas language arts teachers.

Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

On February 21, 2019, Humanities Texas will hold a one-day teacher workshop in Dallas focusing on teaching To Kill a Mockingbird as well as other writings from the civil rights movement. Topics to be addressed include Harper Lee's inspirations for, and composition of, To Kill a Mockingbird; important contexts for understanding the novel; contemporaneous writings from the civil rights movement; and effective strategies for teaching the novel at the secondary level. Workshop faculty includes Katherine Henninger (Louisiana State University), Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin), Aram Goudsouzian (University of Memphis), and Shirlene Bridgewater, former high school ELA teacher and recipient of a Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.

Teaching and Understanding Poetry

On February 27 and 28, 2019, Humanities Texas will hold one-day workshops in Austin and San Antonio on strategies for teaching and understanding poetry that secondary-level language arts teachers can use with students. Workshop faculty includes Naomi Shihab Nye, Betty Sue Flowers, Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin), Brian Yothers (The University of Texas at El Paso), and Frances Treviño Santos (Travis Early College High School).

Teachers at all workshops will receive books and other instructional materials and be trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources. Content at all of our spring workshops will be aligned with the TEKS. For details on eligibility, substitute and travel reimbursements, and venues or to apply online, visit the Upcoming Institutes page on the Humanities Texas website.

The first edition cover of To Kill a Mockingbird from 1960.
Betty Sue Flowers and teachers discuss the poem “Introduction to Poetry” by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins at a "Teaching and Understanding Poetry" workshop in Austin.