Writer as Reader: Discovering New Ways into the Text

Writer as Reader: Discovering New Ways into the Text
“I leave here with new avenues to teaching writers I admire but struggle with when it comes to passing this to students.”
         -11th-12th grade English teacher

November 2, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

November 2, 2018 Workshop

Among the key criteria for English/Language Arts is a focus on the close reading of texts—preparing students to read more carefully, grasp the meaning in more complex texts, and to infer meaning from what they read. IWT’s “Writer as Reader” workshops model writing practices that support close reading and Common Core standards in all subjects, and invite secondary and college teachers to consider “writing to read” as a central classroom practice, one that shows rather than tells students how writing clarifies meaning in literary, historical, and nonfiction texts. These techniques are the starting point for each workshop.

IWT workshops also invite readers to find their own ways into a text. Working with diverse writing-to-read strategies, workshop participants discover what they bring to the text, what is noticeable in the text and what is inferred, and what questions the text poses.
This year we will include sessions on novels, poetry, nonfiction, historical documents, STEM texts, and other media. As educators have come to expect, these workshops focus on putting texts into conversations with other texts, with historical events, and digital media.  The “Writer as Reader” workshops also model writing and reading activities that can focus class discussion, help students engage with difficult material, and emphasize the social character of all learning.

The (Reading/Writing) Body Keeps the Score: Wuthering Heights and the Pedagogy of Trauma

Through Imitation: The Things They Carried and The House on Mango Street

Secrets and Lies: The Scarlet Letter in the Age of “Mansplaining” and #MeToo

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”: Martin Luther King, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and The Federalist Papers

Who Is A Monster? Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Walter Dean Myers’ Monster

Recording Inequality: Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Anthropology of a State

Re-Worlding The Great Gatsby: Using Contemporary Culture to Re-Examine Fitzgerald’s Style

She Wanted Something Other: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones

Shakespeare's Grammar: Energizing the Language of Romeo and Juliet

Coming of Age in “Comics”: Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese