Hot Topics in Literacy Conference
Reading Council Members: $65
Registration (includes lunch)
“Hey, Teacher! That Deepens Our Understanding!”: The Power of Reading Multiple Texts on a Topic
A few years ago, Sunday and her colleagues started asking the question, “How can teaching students to read more than one text on a topic help diverse groups of students?” The results of this inquiry were students who began to crave additional texts as they developed layers of knowledge on a topic, students who knew how to become informed and answer their own questions—students with a sense of agency. Sunday will share stories about this ongoing endeavor and student artifacts from a variety of classrooms. Participants will have an opportunity to explore suggestions for how to make reading multiple texts on a topic a regular part of classroom instruction.
Dr. Sunday Cummins is a literacy consultant and author of Close Reading of Informational Texts: Assessment-Driven Instruction in Grades 3-8 (Guilford, 2013) and Unpacking Complexity in Informational Texts: Principles and Practices for Grades 2-8 (Guilford, 2015). Sunday’s work in schools includes teaching and learning alongside educators and students as a consultant and researcher, with a focus on the power of informational texts to transform students’ thinking. She shares her experiences by presenting at state and national conferences, writing articles for numerous publications, and blogging regularly. You can learn more about her work at www.sunday-cummins.com.
Dr. Sunday Cummins: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Multiple Texts
Teaching students to read more than one text on a topic can be a daunting task. Sunday will share four examples of lessons that can be used easily with any set of texts on any topic as well as suggestions for assessment. There will be opportunities to discuss application of these ideas in a variety of classrooms.
Additional Breakout Session Topics Will Include:
- Using choice to motivate and engage the adolescent reader
- Literacy in the content areas
- Supporting English language learners
- Powerful literacy leadership
- What’s new in children’s literature
- Preparation for the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT)
One-credit Graduate-level Course
A one-credit graduate-level course is being offered in conjunction with the conference. Interested persons must register and pay for the course independently of registering and paying for the conference. The course requires attendance at class meetings on the evening of Friday, October 27 and on another yet-to-be-determined evening, as well as attendance at the full conference on Saturday, October 28.
UW Oshkosh students should register online through the Titan Web registration system for Literacy 764 (272D) #90626. All others should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The tuition/cost for the 1-credit class is $250 and will be billed to participants by the University’s Student Accounts department. This $250 tuition fee is in addition to the onference registration fees.