New Course: Middle Grades Literature: Bringing relevant texts into our classrooms

Credit: 3 graduate credits from Saint Michael’s College
When: June 22, 2022 – August 3, 2022

Instructor: 
Sarah Miller, M.Ed.
Location: 
Online – Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Intended audience: Teachers of Students in Grades 5-8

Course Description:  In this course, teachers will read and analyze current, relevant texts for middle grade readers as well as the soon to be released Miller and Lesesne book The Joy of Reading.  We will address a range of genres, including but not limited to historical fiction, realistic fiction, and nonfiction books that middle-graders read.  Participants can expect to read books in verse, graphic novels, and prose. This course values engagement in both online discussion forums and participation in discussion protocols during virtual meetings.  There is an emphasis on practical applications of book clubs, discussion protocols, and familiarity with current literature. Reading is a social act, and teachers will have the opportunity to engage with middle grade text in a social as well as an analytical manner. Some of the books you’ll have the opportunity to read include: 

Show Me a Sign
When Stars Are Scattered 
History Smashers: The American Revolution 
The Parker Inheritance
Starfish

For more information about this course go to:  PLL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COURSES PAGE

Bio:

Sarah Miller, M.Ed., Literacy Consultant

PLL Literacy Consultant

Sarah Miller has worked with teachers and students in Vermont schools since 2009. Prior to that, she began her career working with K-8 Dreamers at the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County. Since then, Sarah has taught middle school English-Language Arts and Social Studies.  She has also served as both a school and a district Literacy Instructional Coach in Chittenden County. In 2012, Sarah completed her M.Ed. at Saint Michael’s College in Reading. Across her years in education, Sarah has been focused on engaging readers and writers in meaningful ways, with access to literature and nonfiction that is relevant and accessible. She is particularly interested in supporting young people in developing robust reading and writing identities that build on their lives, interests, and passions. Sarah has worked to build vibrant literate communities in schools. Currently, Sarah is a literacy consultant with Partnerships for Literacy and Learning. She lives in Underhill, Vermont with her husband, son, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.