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Hot Topics in Literacy Conference 2017

October 28, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 2:45 pm

Keynote Presentation
“Hey, Teacher! That Deepens Our Understanding!”
The Power of Reading Multiple Texts on a Topic

A few years ago, Sunday Cummins and her colleagues started asking the question, “How can teaching students to read more than one text on a topic help diverse groups of students?” The results of this inquiry were students who began to crave additional texts as they developed layers of knowledge on a topic, students who knew how to become informed and answer their own questions—students with a sense of agency. Cummins will share stories about this ongoing endeavor and student artifacts from a variety of classrooms. Participants will have an opportunity to explore suggestions for how to make reading multiple texts on a topic a regular part of classroom instruction.

Keynote Speaker
Sunday Cummins
Sunday Cummins is a literacy consultant and author of Close Reading of Informational Texts: Assessment-Driven Instruction in Grades 3-8 (Guilford, 2013) and Unpacking Complexity in Informational Texts: Principles and Practices for Grades 2-8 (Guilford, 2015). Sunday’s work in schools includes teaching and learning alongside educators and students as a consultant and researcher, with a focus on the power of informational texts to transform students’ thinking. She shares her experiences by presenting at state and national conferences, writing articles for numerous publications, and blogging regularly. You can learn more about her work at

Breakout Sessions
Dr. Sunday Cummins: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Multiple Texts

Teaching students to read more than one text on a topic can be a daunting task. Cummins will share four examples of lessons that can be used easily with any set of texts on any topic as well as suggestions for assessment. There will be opportunities to discuss application of these ideas in a variety of classrooms.

Additional Breakout Session Topics Will Include:

Using choice to motivate and engage the adolescent reader
Literacy in the content areas
Powerful literacy leadership
What’s new in children’s literature
Professional reading communities

One Credit Graduate-Level Course
A one credit, graduate-level course is being offered in conjunction with the conference. Those interested must register and pay for the course independently of registering and paying for the conference. The course requires attendance at class meetings on Friday, Oct. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Clow 232, as well as attendance at the full conference on Saturday, Oct. 28.

UW Oshkosh students should register online through the Titan Web registration system for Literacy 764 (272D) #90626. All others should contact to register.

The tuition/cost is $250 and will be billed to participants by the University’s Student Accounts department. This $250 tuition fee is in addition to the conference registration fees.


Department of Literacy & Language, Colllege of Education and Human Services
(920) 424-4444


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