College of Arts and Sciences

WIU's (NCTE) Student Organization Conference 2012

Fourth Annual NCTE Student Affiliate Undergraduate Student Organization Conference

Topic: "Teaching, Reading, and Technology: Discovering New Ways to Create Readers and Learners"

April 14, 2012 in the University Union on the Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Allen Webb, Western Michigan University

*CPDU Credits will be available for teachers both presenting at and attending the conference.

This event is co-sponsored by NCTE Student Affiliate, the Department of English and Journalism, the University Theme Committee, and The Visiting Lecturers Committee.


Conference Schedule

**Please Note: Our Keynote Speaker Dr. Allen Webb’s talk is free and open to the public**

Registration and Continental Breakfast - 8:00am-9:00 - Simpkins 025 (Student Lounge)

Session 1 (9:00-10:00am)

Young Adult Literature and Technology -  Simpkins 014 - Dr. Peggy Otto

This presentation will consider recent young adult literature in which representations of technology are integral to the themes.  Participants will also learn strategies for using technology in conjunction with young adult texts to scaffold reading skills.  We will focus in particular on recent YAL in the dystopian genre. 

Teaching Portfolios:  Why Do We Need Them, Anyway? - Simpkins 027 - Dr. Bonnie Sonnek, Cassie Braniff, Heather Hardwick

One English Education professor and two student teachers will be presenting information on various methods used for compiling teaching portfolios.  These are actual portfolios used in job searches and interviews, and each presenter will examine the multiple forms and uses for data that have been included in each portfolio.  Questions and discussion will follow.  Audience may share their own portfolios if they wish.

Session 2 (10:00-11:00am)

 “Look here upon th’s picture”: Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Shakespeare - Simpkins 014 - Dr. Chris Morrow

This presentation will focus on tips, strategies, and pitfalls of using comics and graphic novels as supplements to introduce students to and engage them with the works of William Shakespeare.  Specifically, the presenter will review the pros and cons of the major graphic novel series currently available, examine graphic adaptations of a specific scene or two from a play, discuss potential drawbacks and difficulties of these texts, and finally show how these texts might be useful in demystifying Shakespeare.   

Meeting Standards and Common Core Goals Easier and More Effectively - Simpkins 027 - Anna Westermeyer

The focus of the presentation will be on how to easily incorporate standards and common core state goals into the English classroom without garnishing a headache. Simple, refined graphic organizers can be completed with every reading assignment to hit multiple common core standards, and overarching reading assignments can easily and independently meet novel and extended reading requirements. Each participant will receive a copy of the organizer and will use a text almost all audience members know—a children’s book—to complete it together. This activity will illustrate how easy it is to meet nine standards in a matter of minutes on a daily basis.

Session 3 (11:00-12:00am) - Simpkins 014 - Jeff Scheur

The presenter will feature, a web platform that helps students improve their grammar/writing skills using their personal interests, favorite celebrities, and Facebook friends.

Teaching English in the Inclusion Classroom - Simpkins 027 - Ms. Molly Selders and Ms. Kelli Cecchetti
High school English teachers must be prepared to meet the needs of all learners in their classrooms. For many students with special needs, the regular education setting is the most appropriate, least restrictive environment. At the same time, those students require some scaffolding and differentiation to meet with success. Ms. Selders and Ms. Cecchetti will discuss their experiences as teachers of an inclusion English 9 class.

Lunch—12:00-1:15 - Multicultural Center

Session 4 (1:30-2:30am)

See Dick. See Jane. See Dick and Jane read…with an iPad! - Simpkins 014 - Amanda Shoopman and Lisa Litchfield

Learn a few ways to engage and empower readers through the interactive use of technology. Discover unconventional ways to practice fluency, punctuation usage, and comprehension skills using Web 2.0 sites and FREE apps for the iPad. (iPads will be provided for use during the workshop).

The presenters are practicing teachers and understand the difficulties of implementing new ideas into a curriculum (or creating one from scratch). They will provide ideas that can be easily implemented the next day in your classroom. You’ll leave this workshop feeling rejuvenated and motivated to use technology in your classroom!  

Teaching Persuasive Writing Using Advertising - Simpkins 027 - Steven Smoczynski

The presenter will demonstrate a lesson on structuring a five paragraph persuasive essay using Billy Mays’ advertisement for Oxiclean. This lesson also provides students with a basic example of how to “sell” their argument to readers by establishing a clear topic while providing examples and counterarguments. Understanding how advertisements’ persuasive techniques contain elements that also apply to writing is important for students to be able to recognize. This lesson works in relation to the Illinois Common Core Standards and is an entertaining way for students to grasp the basics of persuasive writing.    

Session 5 (2:30-3:30am)

Substitute Teaching Panel - Simpkins 027 – TBD

Session 4 (3:30-4:30am)

The Text is Yours, and You are the Text: Entering, Intervening, and Transforming Literary Works - 3:30-4:30 -Multicultural Center: Multipurpose Room - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Allen Webb

Digital archives and literary virtual worlds are creating exciting new possibilities to extend our teaching, foster close and cross-cultural readings, experiment with forms of critical and creative writing, and meaningfully engage students with literary works.


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