Brianne’s Workshops for Videregående Teachers and Teachers-in-Training

1. Process Writing: Helping Students Compose in English
This workshop will cover some of the conventions of writing academically in English to provide teachers with ideas about how to help their students write more confidently. We will focus on the process of writing and how to get students to treat writing as a process instead of a product. Additionally, I will introduce ideas for low stakes writing prompts and activities to get students more comfortable writing. The key to becoming a better writer is to write more, and we will discuss how to do this without overburdening teachers or students.

2. Fake News and the U.S. Media Landscape
I will build off of the fake news workshop that I provide for students for this workshop. We will cover some of the material that the fake news workshop covers—from what is fake news to how to be better consumers of news—and then I will provide further approaches to teaching this topic. For example, lessons could be built around using definitions of words like bias or opinion or ways of understanding satire. The goal here is to provide ideas to help students expand their concepts of and explore our complicated media landscape.

3. Black Lives Matter Through a Civil Rights Lens
Many teachers of U.S. culture will want to address the recent upheaval in U.S. society and the Black Lives Matter movement that has been formed to address racist treatment from police and other institutions. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin to explain these issues to students. This workshop provides an entry to the Black Lives Matter movement by rooting it and the current situation in U.S. society in a historical context that addresses the history of protest in the United States and the legacy of activists, such as Martin Luther King Jr. I approach this workshop by introducing teachers to the ideas I cover in my student workshop and then providing context and resources for the issues discussed with students.

4. Using Digital Collections: Women Writing War Case Study
In this lesson, I introduce the idea of using digital resources and archival collections to provide students with more access to primary texts. We often think that it can be a lot of work for students to access an archive, but because of digitization, many once inaccessible texts are now readily available. I use the example of women writing about war to showcase how digital collections can open up possibilities for our teaching. Born through a revolution, the United States and its history is often told through our relationships with war. However, war writing is often treated as if it is solely the domain of men. This is patently untrue, and we will use digital materials to critique this tendency and consider how to add more diverse voices into our American history lessons.

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