A Swift Class

Welcome to… A Swift Class!

Date: Tuesday, February 13
Time: 3:15- 4:30pm
Modality: Virtual
Audience: Middle School and High School Swifties (educators)!
Cost: $22.00 per person
Hosted by: Sarah Miller, PLL Literacy Consultant
Limited to: 13 participants.


There’s no avoiding Taylor Swift in today’s world –  you see her on the big screen, hear her music on the radio, read about her in the news, or catch a glimpse of her in the football stands. She’s part of the national, and international, conversation. You’ve probably heard her name in the hallways and classrooms, too.

In this workshop, her craft is a springboard for modeling instruction of:

  • Using music videos to consider symbolism and theme
  • Drafting arguments about current events
  • Identifying figurative language

Expect to participate as a student might – be prepared to watch a video, jot notes, discuss ideas with other educators, and, of course, chat about the genius of Taylor Swift.

To make the most of our time together, before our workshop, you’ll read a feature article about Swift and listen to a podcast (and maybe even some of her music!).

Questions? Contact Sarah Miller at smiller@pllvt.org


Sarah Miller has worked with teachers and students in Vermont schools since 2009.  Sarah is currently in her folklore/evermore fan era. Her favorite friendship bracelets are YOYOK and ATWTMV. She’s seen The Eras Tour movie twice with her daughter!!
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.