Not sure if any of you are signed up to English Companion Ning – it is a fabulous American based online community for English Teachers.
They are running a ‘Summer Webstitute’ looking at ‘Reading Classic and Young Adult Literature with Students’ Looks interesting! Check out the info below.
From: English Companion Ning [mailto:mail AT englishcompanion.ning.com]
Sent: Monday, 4 July 2011 11:37 a.m.
To: Claire Amos
Subject: EC Ning Weekly News and Notes 9.26.2010
A message to all members of English Companion Ning
Welcome to all who have joined us in recent weeks here on the EC Ning! If anyone needed proof that teachers work year around, they need look no further than here in our own ECN community where daily so many still come, long after the last bell stopped ringing, to learn and improve.
Two events to encourage you to participate in during the coming month: the Summer EC Ning Webstitute and our next book club here on the ECN. For those who do not know about our webstitutes, they require no registration, no materials: just come, listen, participate, contribute, and learn---and, of course, enjoy! This summer's webstitute topic is perfect in light of the recent debate about YA literature!
EC Ning 2011 Summer Webstitute
Title: Reading Classic and Young Adult Literature with Students
This Webstitute emerges from the passionate interest of English Language Arts folks in reading texts of all kinds. All too often, it seems the we see classic and YA lit as mutually exclusive, even going so far as to position one as being "better" than the other, educationally, culturally, and sometimes even morally. In this Webstitute, we are bringing together accomplished teachers, writers, and scholars to explore the best of each world, as well as areas where they blend to create a rich learning environment.
Dates: July 11 & 12, 4-7 pm EST
Place: Elluminate, EC Ning, etc.
As always, live sessions will be recorded and archived on the Ning.
More details will follow.
Tentative schedule of presenters below. Sessions dates & descriptions to follow.
Monday, July 11
Teresa Bunner 4-5 p.m. EST
YA SuperPanel 5-6 p.m. EST
Tom Liam Lynch 6-7 p.m. EST on reading and re-reading classic & informational texts
Tuesday, July 12
Glenda Funk: 4-5 p.m. EST “Twice-told Tales and Old Odd Ends: Common Ideas in Shakespeare and Young Adult Lit”
Teri Lesesne 5-6 p.m. EST
EC Ning Book Club: Burned in
Burned In: Fueling the Fire to Teach, which is edited by Audrey Friedman and Luke Reynolds, will be the featured book club of the summer. Please note that Audrey and Luke are donating their royalties (not just for the EC Ning book club but for the entire book) to the Center for Courage and Renewal and the Children’s Defense Fund.
I am honored to be one of contributors to this important book. It seemed appropriate to read this in the summer, with not only Luke and Audrey but many of the other contributing authors posting and responding, as well. To order the book, see the sample first chapter, or learn more about it, click here.
I hope to see you all there at these events. In the mean time, have a safe and happy Independence Day (if you are celebrating it here in the US!) with friends and family.
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