High School for English, Language Arts, and Humanities
Would you like to track elephants through famous works of English literature, or explore some strange and exotic islands charted by great writers, or perhaps cross the bridge between Romanticism and pop music? Designed for high school English and humanities teachers, this workshop considers opportunities for creative presentation and exploration of literary texts in the classroom which can run parallel to traditional chronological or historical lessons. We will explore cultural and thematic connections to other texts, songs, works of art, maps, films and videos, etc. Teachers will explore some road-tested avenues by which their students can experience famous texts in a dynamic, multi-faceted series of associations which reinforce understanding of the primary text while inviting free association with other cultural touchstones, and provide inspiration for creative projects. The presentation will also include a workshop opportunity where attendees can share ideas and outline similar, possible thematic explorations for students.
Brednan Rigley, Teacher of English (Humanities-English 10; AP English Language and Composition; Journalism) at San Diego Jewish Academy