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This 6-12 English academy explores the ways in which multimodality in the secondary ELA classroom can support and differentiate student learning of course objectives and Virginia Standards of Learning. By expanding the texts we teach and how we teach them, we expand our options for engaging diverse students in meaningful learning while developing their skills in literacy and critical thinking. Using multimodality as the organizing principle, we will consider how different forms of text and differentiated forms of instruction can benefit our teaching and our students’ learning. We will be guided in our explorations by several distinguished instructors, including published authors and an award-winning director.
In this academy, we will
• work with multiple forms of texts suited to the teaching and learning of secondary ELA’s content and skills.
• consider ways in which multimodality in secondary ELA can support diverse students’ literacy and critical thinking while addressing the Virginia SOL.
• explore instructional methods that effectively differentiate instruction and incorporate multimodality in the secondary ELA classroom.
• develop specific assignments and assessments to integrate multimodality into their teaching of secondary ELA.
The 2018 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 25 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 29. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 24. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
Melanie Shoffner is Associate Professor of English Education at James Madison University. In 2016-2017, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, teaching courses in adolescent literature and ELA pedagogy. Closer to home, she focuses on teaching ELA methods courses, examining issues related to the preparation of secondary English teachers and figuring out how to find more time in the day to read all the new young adult novels.