This fall, Humanities Texas will hold professional development workshops throughout the state for Texas language arts teachers. Apply now!

Teaching and Understanding Poetry

On November 8, 2018, Humanities Texas will hold a one-day workshop in El Paso introducing strategies for teaching and understanding poetry that secondary-level language arts teachers can use with students. Workshop faculty includes Adriane Bezusko (Texas Christian University), Emmy Pérez (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), and Joseph M. Ortiz and Brian Yothers of The University of Texas at El Paso.

Teaching Shakespeare

On December 12, 2018, Humanities Texas will hold a workshop in Lufkin for secondary-level language arts teachers on teaching the plays of William Shakespeare. Faculty lectures will address 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. Workshop faculty includes Ariane M. Balizet (Texas Christian University), Kathryn Vomero Santos (Trinity University), and Ann Christensen and Laura Turchi of the University of Houston.

American Literature of the 1920s

On December 13, 2018, Humanities Texas will hold a one-day workshop in Dallas on American literature of the 1920s. The workshop will provide an overview of major historical developments and cultural movements of the 1920s, including Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Lectures and seminars will focus on works by writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Workshop faculty includes Adriane Bezusko (Texas Christian University), J. Gerald Kennedy (Louisiana State University), and James H. Cox and Jennifer Wilks of The University of Texas at Austin.

Teachers at all workshops will receive books and other instructional materials. Content at all of our fall 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.

Title page of Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies with copper engraving of the author by Martin Droeshout. Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection.

Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston, ca. late 1930s. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.