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ASTAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
- Under the Spell of Books -
June 2 & 3, 2006


Friday, June 2, 2006
7:00 - 9:15pm

Student Union Ballroom, Rhode Island College



Author Allen Kurzweil

ASTAL was excited to welcome back Rhode Island author and keynote speaker at Friday night's "Under the Spell of Books" children's program Allen Kurzweil.

Saturday, June 3, 2006
8:20am - 2:30pm

Donovan Dining Hall, Rhode Island College



Author David Macaulay ASTAL welcomed acclaimed Rhode Island author, Saturday keynote speaker, and recipient of the 2006 ASTAL Award for Contributions to the Field of Literature for Young People, David Macaulay.





Author Janet Taylor Lisle

ASTAL was also thrilled to welcome back Rhode Island author and Saturday lunch speaker Janet Taylor Lisle.









2006 Saturday Conference Workshops

Dialogue Journaling
Tonya Curt-Hoard, Woonsocket Middle School
Kara Alling, Woonsocket Middle School

Participants will engage in a dialogue journaling demonstration, learning how to manage a dialogue journaling project that will exercise students’ abilities to engage in the reading/writing connection with partners. This technique can be adapted in various content areas.

Literature and Psychology: A Natural Connection
Claire-Marie Hart, Beverly High School

A naturally linked curriculum exists between literature and psychology. By considering various poems and pieces of short fiction, this workshop will present connections of the imaginative and the considered psyche of several American and British authors and 20th century psychological theorists.

Models of Reading and Writing in the Middle School
Sandra Powers, Hugh B. Bain Middle School, Cranston

Using Rhode Island state standards and the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), this presentation will align content areas—math, social studies, science, and fine arts—with appropriate reading materials and models of writing. Teachers will learn to both investigate the types of writing tasks included in content-area assignments and, using an annotated list of young adult books, integrate reading into other content areas.

Creating A Culture of Literacy in Middle Schools
Rhonda Asprinio, Hugh B. Bain Middle School, Cranston
Sheila Grace, Hugh B. Bain Middle School, Cranston
Mary Colannino, Hugh B. Bain Middle School, Cranston

This presentation showcases how teachers at Bain Middle School integrated reading and writing across the curriculum, promoting and strengthening literacy within the school. Find out about the Bain O.S.C.A.R.S, Hosting an Author, and Literacy in the Science Classroom.

Teaching Students to be Visually Literate and Socially Aware
Dr. Marian T. Gagnon, Johnson & Wales University
Judith Turchetta, Johnson & Wales University

How do we teach students to be visually literate so they can critically examine the power if images in photographs, television, advertising, fiction film and documentaries while, at the same time, test their assumptions about their social realm as depicted in this overly-mediated era?

Veggie Power: Alternate Sources of Engergy
Laurie Parkerson, Henry Barnard School
John Arango, Henry Barnard School
Karen Capraro, Henry Barnard School

Benjamin Franklin wasn’t the only person who came across electricity in nature. This interdisciplinary workshop will demonstrate how a second-grade class applied Franklin’s notions of finding electricity from natural sources to the problem of providing power for model cars.

Why Jane and John Couldn’t Read, and How They Learned
Rosalie Fink, Lesley University

How do children at risk for failure become successful, highly skilled readers? Using case studies, this session presents new research and innovative approaches to literacy learning through the use of compelling materials, strategies, and activities that will engage children of all ages and abilities, K-12.




APRIL 26, 2006 - ASTAL CONVERSATION SERIES - PAMELA CARROLL

Dr. Sissi Carroll

On Wednesday, April 26, 2006, ASTAL hosted “A Conversation with Dr. Pamela ‘Sissi’ Carroll.” Dr. Carroll’s discussion was entitled "The Urgent Need for Literary Experiences in the Age of Accountability."

Dr. Carroll is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Florida State University. Her publications include books, chapters, and articles on literature (including young adult literature), middle grades literacy, and teaching and learning practices in the English language arts classrooms.

The ASTAL Conversation Series is jointly sponsored by Christopher-Gordon Publishers and the RIC Committee on College Lectures.




MARCH 7, 2006 - ASTAL AUTHORS SERIES - GRAHAM SALISBURY

Author Graham Salisbury On March 7, Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood Red Sun and Eyes of the Emperor spoke about his works in the RIC Student Union Ballroom. Over 90 people were in attendance for this entertaining and informational evening.








MARCH 4, 2006 - ASTAL SPRING LUNCHEON
Mark Allio, Beatrice Gormley and Mark Peter Hughes highlighted the list of new authors at this year's Luncheon. Natalie Babbitt, Kelly Easton, Lucinda Landon, and Janet Taylor Lisle returned for this year's event.































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