This workshop emphasized a variety of analytical, close reading strategies appropriate for middle school students with the goal of fostering greater student independence and proficiency with poetry, prose and nonfiction, as well as preparing them do more analytical, more insightful, and more substantial inquiry in high school. Additionally, the course placed considerable emphasis upon the reading-writing connection, asking students to read as writers and write as readers.
Since 2001, Christian Cicoria has taught at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his arrival in San Antonio, Christian taught sophomores and juniors in Corpus Christi, Texas. For the past nine years, he has led Pre-AP® English sessions at one, two-day and week-long workshops in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Additionally, he has worked with several school districts in Texas focusing on curriculum alignment, strategy-based instruction and vertical teams to increase classroom rigor while also equipping students for success. For the past five years, he has served as an instructor for the Independent School Association of the Southwest’s annual Beginning Teacher Institute.
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