Quality literature opens the door for discovery and discussion into developing the whole person. As grammar and logic teachers, we often design novel studies to fulfill curricular goals; this workshop will guide participants to think about designing novel studies that incorporate a holistic, everyday view of persons. Using The Hobbit and To Kill a Mockingbird as anchor texts, participants will examine how themes of hospitality, ritual, work, and play ll the pages of these novels, creating opportunity for growth and reflection in our students as well as in our own lives. In addition, participants will receive practical tools and teaching strategies for their own novel studies.
Alicia is passionate about middle-school students and teaching them to become be er readers and writers. In addition to teaching, Alicia coaches cross-country and serves as a dorm mom at The Stony Brook School. She was the 2016 recipient of the D. Bruce Lockerbie Faculty Award for Excellence. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, she taught literature and composition for ve years in the grammar school at Live Oak Classical School in Waco. Her rst book, Everywhere God: Exploring the Ordinary Places, was recently published by Kalos Press. She and her husband, Brad, have two young-adult children.