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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fostering Dynamic Literature Classrooms

With NEH support, faculty at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville led a professional development institute for K–12 educators that explored approaches to teaching adaptations—including film versions, graphic novels, and young adult fiction—of canonical texts. Using Frankenstein and Cinderella as exploration points, participants considered the significance of oral storytelling, fairy tales, and folklore traditions in the humanities and best practices for incorporating diverse storytelling forms in K–12 classrooms. Educators left the institute feeling inspired and empowered by the vast possibilities for student creativity and learning made possible by embracing literary adaptations. They also left equipped with new technologies and approaches to enhance their classrooms.

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