HAYS, KS -- Taking the traditional English classroom into the 21st century will be the goal for the Fort Hays State University English Department's 39th Annual Fall English Workshop. The workshop will offer "Traditions with a Twist" for English teachers Friday, Sept. 28, in FHSU's Memorial Union.
Workshop sessions will center on such key areas as making grammar instruction fun, fostering creativity, service learning in writing classrooms, and encouraging, monitoring, and evaluating student writing. Teachers can bring their favorite ideas to share with colleagues in a session called "Idea Exchange."
Special to the workshop will be a luncheon with featured speaker Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt, Now You See Her, and The Passion Dream Book. She will explore methods to encourage creativity in young writers and discuss the career path she chose. Otto will also answer questions about creative writing, publishing and the transformation of her novel to a movie.
Featured presentations and sessions include "Shared Inquiry," presented by the Great Books Foundation Staff; "Grammer to Grammar: Getting Students from an E to an A Without It Sucking," by Brett Weaver; "Strategies for English Teachers Using the Computer-Mediated Classroom," by Kristin Mapel-Bloomberg; "Reading Your Self: Developing Critical Thinking by Perceiving the Social," presented by John and Kristin Kerrigan; and "Reluctant Readers and the Language Arts Teacher: Addressing the State and Federal Mandates for 'Skills-Only' Tests," presented by Peter Sierant.
Registration for the event is $40 per person before Sept. 26, which includes all conference activities and luncheon. After Sept. 26, registration is $50 per person and includes all conference activities except the luncheon. For more information on the fall workshop or to register, visit the Web site at www.fhsu.edu/English/fallengworkshop.html or contact the English Department at (785) 628-4285.