The Middle Experience
NCTE’s middle level educators are a vibrant and passionate bunch. Over the last few years this Section has reinvented the convention experience, prioritizing sessions that speak to the complexities of teaching students in the middle grades and bringing leading authors and educators to the podium. You’ll leave with new ideas, new tools, and new friends!
WHAT KINDS OF SESSIONS CAN I ATTEND?
Over the course of the Convention there are more than 240 sessions designated at the
middle level, but you’ll find plenty of interest at other levels as well.
- What Exactly Is Expository Literature?
- How’d You Do That? Authors Share Revision Strategies That Student Writers Can Use, Too
- Google Tour Builder There’s Always a Story to Tell
- Theme, Mood, and … Grammar? Language Use as an Integrated Feature of Thematic Units
- Closing the Gap A Middle Grade Co-Teaching Reading and Writing Intervention
WHO WILL BE THERE?
If you are a fan of young adult literature, you will find yourself rubbing shoulders with all the hottest authors from your bookshelves. But you’ll also meet the experts who have been at the forefront of shaping literacy instruction for the middle grades. Here is just a sample of the authors and educators on the schedule: Kylene Beers, Penny Kittle, Tonya Perry, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Donalyn Miller, Teri Lesesne, Jeff Wilhelm, and Gene Luen Yang.
UPDATE: There has been a change in the Middle Level Section Luncheon. Jewell Parker Rhodes is now the keynote speaker. Click here for information about the change.
WHAT IF I (OR COLLEAGUES ON MY TEAM) TEACH SOMETHING OTHER THAN
LANGUAGE ARTS? WILL THERE BE SOMETHING FOR ME?
Absolutely! As literacy educators, we know that our work is present in all disciplines so it’s not hard for teachers of any subject to find something useful at this Convention. Here are just a few examples of the many sessions that go beyond “language arts”:
- Dynamic Digital Literacy Syntax in Coding and Game Development
- Using Math Concepts to Facilitate Comprehension of Adolescent Literature
- Teaching for the Future? The Integration of ELA and STEM
- Illuminating Marginalized Voices in History through Poetry
3 MIDDLE FAVORITES:
MIDDLE LEVEL MEET-UP
Kick off your convention experience with this gathering of middle level attendees. There will be speakers, snacks, and a joyful celebration of the 25th anniversary of Voices from the Middle, NCTE’s popular middle level journal.
These sessions have been designed with middle school in mind. This year, the Middle Level will focus on #weneeddiversebooks. Be sure to catch this year’s Middle Level Mosaic, featuring speakers including Ellen Oh, Matt de la Peña, and Soman Chainani.
Rick Riordan will keynote this popular breakfast event and Neal Shusterman will receive the prestigious ALAN Award. If you’re looking for even deeper immersion in YA lit, you might enjoy the ALAN Workshop, November 20–21.