Thinking Historically through Writing From Abolition to Black Lives Matter: African American Intersectional Feminism in Documents



Immediately following the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, enslaved African American women began petitioning for freedom. In the antebellum period, Maria Stewart and other Black women risked violence and imprisonment for speaking in public against slavery, articulating a fundamentally American critique of inequities and injustices based on race and gender. Harriet Jacobs and Sojourner Truth [...]

Thinking Historically through Writing: Justice and the Courts in American Democracy

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“Civics” is defined as the “…study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.”  How do we teach these theoretical and practical underpinnings to our students in a way that is intellectually honest, [...]

Writing to Learn in the STEM Disciplines

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With its focus on mathematical and scientific texts, this workshop presents writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas. Specific STEM-related writing practices, which can be used in the classroom or homework assignments, support close reading of texts of all genres—lab reports, word problems, geometrical equations, etc. -- and allow students [...]

Revolutionary Grammar

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Everyone—inside and outside the academic community—has an opinion about grammar. Parents, CEOs, and, of course, teachers worry that students graduate from high school and college without understanding the rules of grammar. But what does it mean to know grammar? If it were simply a matter of learning rules, teachers would not be struggling to [...]

Poetry: Lyric Investigations Across Disciplines (Not offered July 2017)

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Poetry: Lyric Investigation Across Disciplines encourages teachers from all disciplines to investigate the many ways that poetry can be used in classrooms. Participants in this workshop will consider how poetry helps students engage with biology, grammar, math, science texts, and more.  We'll consider how the imagination in particular helps students excel at a higher [...]

Creative Nonfiction: Telling the Truth

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Creative nonfiction reports back to us from what we call the real world, its subject matter “documentable. . . as opposed to ‘invented’ from the writer’s mind,” as Barbara Lounsberry puts it. Its subgenres are many: the personal essay; the essay of place; nature writing; family portraits; memoir; and writing about war, travel, adventure, food, [...]

Applying the Practices

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Teachers see the potential of IWT practices for improving student writing, thinking, and learning and they look forward to using them in their classrooms, but teachers can also leave the workshop with questions about applications: How do I sequence several writing practices—such as focused free writing, double-entry notebooks, believing and doubting—around a text or group [...]

Teaching the Academic Paper

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Teaching the Academic Paper While we can all recognize good academic writing, especially in our own disciplines, it is more difficult to establish reasonable and professionally-responsible standards for students’ academic papers. This workshop helps to bridge that gap. This workshop explores what we value in academic writing, re-examines how we define it, and offers writing to [...]

Writing to Learn

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This workshop presents writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas, historical documents, literary texts, and mathematical problems.