Integrating the Arts to Promote In-depth Reading and Analysis of Literature and Text
Geared Towards Kinder Through 8th Grade Teachers
Engage in hands-on creative strategies to help challenge students to perform in-depth analysis, form meaningful assessments, collect textual evidence, and develop confidence in reading and writing. Our Literary Institute offers artistic strategies and lessons using the visual arts, theater, and creative movement - all in a collaborative learning environment.
Please join us for:
- 3 days of scaffolded workshops on Interpreting Literature (day 1), Digging Deep (day 2), and Painting with Spoken Word and Movement (day 3); 9 experiential sessions exploring the English Language Arts through visual art, theatre, and creative movement
- 1 day of curriculum planning, including 1 hour of one-on-one curriculum planning to be scheduled by teachers
- collaborative learning environment
- come away with lessons you can use remotely and in the classroom
2021 VIRTUAL LEARNING WORKSHOPS
June 28 - June 30, 9:00a - 1:00p PDT
July 1, 9:00a - 11:00a PDT
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Classroom teachers (K-8). Space limited to 30 participants.
EARN PD CREDITS
PD Credit available through UCSD Extension. Information and links to register for credit will be sent directly to all registered participants of the 2021 CoTA Literary Institute.
The institute will be held virtually via Zoom.
An $88 deposit is required to hold your spot. A refund will be issued upon completion of the institute.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Murals: Investigating Themes and Main Ideas
Turn your classroom into a collaborative cohort by creating a digital mural! In this two-part workshop, learn to identify and visualize themes and main ideas from literature. Utilizing collage and drawing techniques, guide students in translating their observations, interpretations, and textual evidence into rich illustrations. This approach can work with picture books for younger students or chapter books for older, more sophisticated readers. Individual students’ work can be piece together to create a comprehensive tapestry. Themes and main ideas can be organized to highlight your main focus, whether it be stitching together a map of main ideas or creating a linear or hierarchy understanding of themes.
Stepping Inside: Examining Character Development Through Theatre
The art of monologue writing offers an opportunity to sift through textual evidence and consider the values and unique qualities of particular literary characters. By stepping into the mind of a character, readers may translate informed assessments and thoughtful inferences into well-crafted point-of view writing. Learn to embody literary characters through writing and performance in this two-part workshop. Precise language, inflection, vocal projection, facial expression, body-language, and pacing can bring your monologue to life!
Considering Perspective: Retelling through Comics
Authors often focus on the perspective of their protagonist. But what about the other characters? How can close-readings allow us to gather textual evidence and consider other points of view? Learn to guide students in questioning, investigating, and making inferences as they create their own literary comics to explore alternative perspectives. Both handmade and digital comics will be explored.
Symbols and Silhouettes
The best stories transcend time and place and are able to connect readers in powerful and personal ways. We can read a text emotionally, intellectually, and – often - symbolically. From red-hooded cloaks to spider webs with pig-saving messages to Greek pens that transform into swords when held by demi-gods, symbols are everywhere. Using drawing, collage, and silhouettes, learn to help students identify and interpret the symbols that pervade our stories and our world.
Identity, Assumptions, and the Senses: Spoken Word Poetry
Participants will consider how names, locations, and senses shape identity - both in life and literature - as they write and perform poems. Topics will include the role names play (both internally and externally, labels and assumptions), how events and surroundings are interpreted, and synesthesia (mixing senses). For younger students, these poems can serve as a richer, more layered version of the “I am” poems or invite consideration as to what distinguishes one character from another. Older students can use spoken word poems as a means for in-depth character analysis or for identifying signifiers as to what makes them uniquely themselves.
Movement as Metaphor
Through creative movement, the body can become a conduit for literary comprehension. Treading the fine line between visceral language and intentional gestures can prompt us to visualize all sorts of possibilities. In many ways, movement is similar to figurative language. It can be evocative, abstractive, provide a multitude of interpretations and perspectives, and ignite the imagination. Movement has the additional benefit of offering access and alternative means of demonstration to ELA learners.