Date: December 10, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Online

A webinar presented by Amanda Shufflebarger, Indiana University East.

December 10th, 2022, at 10 am Arizona time.


Download Dr. Shufflebarger’s slides here.



In an educational era characterized by censorship debates and standards-aligned instruction, classroom texts can be regarded as a liability at worst and a means to achieving a curricular end, at best, rather than as a humanizing invitation to engage with, enjoy, and even play with language. In addition, some of the most vulnerable learners can be redirected away from creative activities in well-intentioned but misplaced attempts to reduce opportunity gaps (Wilson et al., 2021) or reverse pandemic learning loss (Goldhaber et al., 2022). However, rather than detract from literacy activities, poetry and creative texts can promote rigor and interestsupporting students as they engage with language in complex ways. In addition, undertaking creative activities can broaden teachers’ understanding of the creative ways our students make meaning with language.  

In this webinar, Dr. Shufflebarger will share multiliteracies approaches to incorporating poetry and creative texts into any classroom. Drawing from K-12, university, and community-based adult language contexts, she will review the theoretical underpinnings of incorporating poetry into language classroomsshare a variety of instructional activities, and discuss strategies for organizing activities within a broader course curriculum. Participants will be invited to share ideas and practices they incorporate into their own teaching contexts.

References Cited:

Goldhaber, D., Kane, T. J., McEachin, A., Morton, E., Patterson, T., & Staiger, D. O. (2022). The Consequences of remote and hybrid instruction during the pandemic (No. w30010). National Bureau of Economic Research. 

Wilson R., Sulak, T. & Bagby, J. (2021). Effect of the advancement via individual determination (AVID) program on middle level students’ executive function. RMLE Online, 44(8), 1-10, DOI: 10.1080/19404476.2021.1972203


Amanda Shufflebarger is Assistant Professor of Education at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. She teaches undergraduate and undergraduate courses on English as a Second Language, English Language Arts methods, and WritingShe is also a certified secondary English Language Arts teacher and has taught high school in the Tucson Unified School District. She has published iL2 JournalTESOL Journaland Critical Multilingualism Studies.



This is the second event in CERCLL’s Multiliteracies Takes on Language Teaching webinar series.

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