This sounds interesting for anyone teaching English. The workshops are
free - if your school or your cable system carries the channel. All
information about the workshops and receiving the signal is towards the end
of this rather long message. Do check out their website (given at the
bottom). They have great material!
>THE ANNENBERG/CPB CHANNEL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES
>TO PREMIER WORKSHOP SERIES FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS THIS SPRING!
>The Annenberg/CPB Channel Professional Development Workshop Series
>IN SEARCH OF THE NOVEL
>February 28 to April 30, 2000
>Broadcasts Mondays 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
>(repeated Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays)
>What do Okonkwo, Pip, Scout, and Harry Potter all have in common? They
>will be part of the Annenberg/CPB Channel's new literature series, IN
>SEARCH OF THE NOVEL, airing this spring. For eight weeks beginning
>February 28, middle and high school English teachers across the country
>will participate in a unique professional development opportunity to
>better understand how we teach and learn fictional literature.
>Using eight key questions as a guide, IN SEARCH OF THE NOVEL participants
>will discuss ten novels, including Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart,"
>Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations," Harper Lee's "To Kill a
>Mockingbird," and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's
>Stone." Innovative classroom activities, interviews with novelists,
>classroom videos, an electronic discussion group, and a companion
>curriculum will allow participants to take part in a "national classroom"
>with others across the country. Teachers who participate at registered
>sites are eligible for graduate course credit and free certificates of
>The registration deadline for this series is FEBRUARY 14, 2000. If you
>would like to host a site in your community, please read the directions
>below and share this notice with your friends and colleagues.
>Please join us.
>Workshop 1 Who Owns the Novel?
>This workshop probes the living nature of the novel by illustrating how
>each reader makes a novel his or her own. It shows that the
>interpretation of a novel changes, depending upon the reader's culture,
>class, generation, sex, and personality.
>February 28, March 1 and 5, 2000
>Workshop 2 What's the Story?
>Many different ways of telling a story are discussed. What are the
>conflicts, the crises, and the resolutions? This workshop explores how an
>author spins a story and why it is the most important aspect of the novel.
>March 6, 8, and 12, 2000
>Workshop 3 Are Novels Real?
>Characters, their motivations, their stories, and the times and places in
>which stories are set should bear some likeness to reality. Or should
>they? This program explores how novels connect with the reader.
>March 13, 15, and 19, 2000
>Workshop 4 Where Do Novels Come From?
>This program explores the genesis of the characters, plot, themes, and
>interpretations from the novelist's point of view.
>March 20, 22, and 26, 2000
>Workshop 5 Why Do I Have to Read this Book?
>The qualities of the ten novels chosen are explored to see why they
>appear on recommended reading lists and what makes them award winners.
>The program also looks at the essential elements of good writing and
>March 27, 29, and April 2, 2000
>Workshop 6 What's in It for Me?
>A novel can transport readers to other places and times, real or
>imaginary, allowing them to meet people and to experience life in many
>April 3, 5, and 9, 2000
>Workshop 7 Who Am I in This Story?
>The reader steps into the novel in various roles: the protagonist, the
>narrator, the author, or another character.
>April 10, 12, and 16, 2000
>Workshop 8 Am I Getting Through?
>In this summary, teachers examine their own effectiveness in helping
>students comprehend and appreciate novels and in setting them on the road
>to become lifelong readers.
>April 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, and 30, 2000
>* Viewing the Workshops
>IN SEARCH OF THE NOVEL workshops are FREE. Consult the Media Specialist
>in your school, district, college, or university to find out if you have
>the equipment -- General Instruments DigiCipher II, Model 4000, 4200,
>4200B, 4200C, or 4200V digital receiver (SCPC format) -- to receive the
>Annenberg/CPB Channel. (Please note that the 4DTV DigiCipher will NOT
>receive our SCPC-mode feed.)
>Also, some public access cable stations and public television stations
>offer the Channel's programs to their communities. So, if your school
>does not have the digital equipment, check with your local carrier.
>Media technicians MUST register equipment before tuning in the Channel
>for the first time. Please contact Dana Rouse by telephone at
>800-228-8030 x4, or by email at [log in to unmask] at least two weeks
>prior to broadcast.
>* Broadcast Times
>IN SEARCH OF THE NOVEL will be aired on the Channel on Mondays from
>4:00-5:00 p.m. ET. In addition, each workshop will be rebroadcast on
>Mondays at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Sundays at 4:00,
>5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m. (Please note that there are additional morning
>rebroadcasts. A complete schedule is available online at
>* Receiving Graduate Credit
>Teachers who participate in the entire workshop series are eligible for
>two graduate credits from Colorado State University. Tuition for the
>course is $98. Certificates of participation are also available at no
>* Hosting a Site
>If you are interested in organizing an interactive workshop site for IN
>SEARCH OF THE NOVELin your school or district, or if you would like to
>participate in the series yourself, please contact Nicole Stark by
>telephone at 800-228-8030 x2, or by email at [log in to unmask] You
>may also register at the Channel's Web site,
>* Receiving the Channel's Satellite Signal
>As of January 1, 2000, the Annenberg/CPB Channel's Workshop Series and
>general programming are distributed 24 hours each day, every day, on GE
>Americom's GE-3 K23 (H) located at 87 degrees WL. The feed is
>DigiCipherII, using "Virtual Channel Map" #15 and Channel 514.
>* Obtaining tapes of IN SEARCH OF THE NOVEL
>If your site is unable to access this broadcast, tapes of the workshops
>will be available for sale through our distribution center AFTER May 1,
>2000. For more information, please contact the Channel at 800-228-8030
>or [log in to unmask]
>* Promoting IN SEARCH OF THE NOVEL
>Online and on-site discussions are enriched by a diversity of
>perspectives, so please encourage your colleagues to participate. If you
>belong to listservs, membership organizations, or other groups, please
>feel free to share this message.
>The Annenberg/CPB Channel
>c/o Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
>60 Garden Street MS-82
>Cambridge, MA 02138
>Email: [log in to unmask]
>The Annenberg/CPB Channel is produced by Harvard University and the
>Smithsonian Institution, and is funded by Annenberg/CPB.
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