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ES-267140-19

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201)
Sean P. Connors (Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Lissette Lopez Szwydky Davis (Co Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences

A two-week institute for 30 school teachers on Frankenstein, Cinderella, and adaptations of these classic texts.

This summer Institute will help thirty (30) K-12 educators develop a vocabulary and framework for teaching adaptations alongside a range of canonical texts that they already use (or are considering using) in their classrooms. The Institute will feature hands-on technology workshops (including user-friendly freeware for podcasting, video editing, and digital imaging) to adapt traditional texts for new audiences and to help educators replicate these activities in the classroom. The goals of the adaptation-focused Institute include the following: (1) to demonstrate to interdisciplinary K-12 educators the significance of teaching canonical texts alongside adaptations; (2) to support the examining and understanding of oral storytelling, fairy tales, and folktale traditions in the humanities; and (3) to demonstrate best practices for incorporating a variety of genres and media reflecting diverse storytelling forms.

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Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$160,000 (approved)
$160,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


ES-256936-17

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201)
Lissette Lopez Szwydky Davis (Project Director: March 2017 to present)
Sean P. Connors (Co Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences

A two-week institute for thirty-six school teachers on Frankenstein, Cinderella, and the adaptations of these classic texts.

“Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences” is the title of the proposed two-week NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers to be held at the University of Arkansas in June 2018. The topic is literary adaptation and its role in recirculating and popularizing the literary canon. In particular, the Institute co-directors are interested in helping practicing K-12 teachers develop a vocabulary and framework for teaching adaptations alongside a range of canonical texts that they already use (or are considering using) in their classrooms. The Institute will also feature hands-on workshops focused on reimagining and remaking traditional texts for new audiences. The goal is to demonstrate to individual and/or interdisciplinary teams of K-12 teachers the significance of knowing and teaching canonical texts alongside adaptations, of understanding the oral and fairy tale traditions in the humanities, and of incorporating a variety of genres and media.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Literature, General; Media Studies

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$173,087 (approved)
$173,087 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2018