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Beyond ‘Informational Texts’ Conference

February 12, 2015

On Thursday, 12 February 2015, the department held a one-day conference for English and Language Arts teachers in UNCP’s service region.  Teachers from public and charter schools attended.  Drs. Cynthia Miecznikowski and Robin Snead collaboratively planned and chaired the event, which was co-sponsored by UNCP’s Division of Engaged Outreach and the School of Education, and hosted by the Office of Regional Initiatives.  The conference—“Beyond ‘Informational Texts’”—introduced instructional resources and strategies for integrating literary nonfiction, primary research sources, and public arguments within the English/Language Arts curriculum to complement and enrich the teaching literature and composition. Several ETFL faculty were involved in the conference. Drs. Michele Fazio and Jason Hutchens (Mass Comm) presented “Creating and Composing Informational Texts, from Interviews to Film,” the story of their Voices of the Lumbee service-learning and film project.  Drs. Therese Rizzo and Roger Ladd presented “Enriching Literary Studies with Primary Sources and Non-literary Texts,” drawing on British and American sources available online.  Drs. Polina Chemishanova and Cynthia Miecznikowski presented “Reviving the ‘Personal Essay’ as ‘Public Argument’ with Informational Texts,” emphasizing ways to cultivate students’ interest and curiosity in research-based writing assignments. With the support of the Office of Regional Initiatives and the English Education undergraduate and graduate programs, Drs. Miecznikowski and Snead have begun planning for next year’s conference, which they hope to make an annual event.