Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Literacy Conference Scheduled at TTU

“Read, Write, Rhythm and Rhyme” is the theme of this year’s summer literacy conference, set for eight a-m. to three-fifteen p.-m. on Thursday, June eleventh, at Cookeville High School. And it’s not too late to register for the event, sponsored by Tennessee Tech University’s International Reading Association and featuring North Carolina author, poet, performer and educator Allan Wolf. An award-winning poet and writer, Wolf’s books include New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery, which is a novel in verse that has been chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book, an A-L-A Best Book for Young Adults and an I-R-A Children’s Book Award Notable. The conference will offer three breakout sessions presented by a variety of other reading and writing experts. Topics will include using literature to understand Islam and Muslim students, exploring strategies that capitalize on texting and digital literacy, reading timelines, creating inventions as springboards to writing propaganda, using literature to deter bullying, and more. Early conference registration has closed, but the cost of registering at the door is thirty dollars, and it will begin at seven-fifteen on the morning of the conference. For more information about the conference, call Kathy Brashears at 865-649-6417.