Join us for the third summer of NCTE Reads!

Starting July 7, 2019 we will be examining together Workshopping the Canon by Mary Styslinger.

We’re inviting all current NCTE members to participate in a month-long discussion via a private Facebook group where they’ll have the chance to discuss ideas from the book, ask questions of the author and contributors, and create new resources together.

Workshopping the Canon introduces practicing and preservice English language arts teachers to a process for planning and teaching the most frequently taught texts in middle and secondary classrooms using a workshop approach.

Download Chapter 1 to get a taste of the book!

Who will you hear from in NCTE Reads?


Author of our NCTE Reads book, Mary Styslinger is an Associate Professor of English and Literacy Education at the University of South Carolina. She is a past president of the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English and co-edits the South Carolina English Teacher.



Vikki Orepitan is a 9th grade Pre-AP English teacher at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, TX. This year she was awarded the Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award by TCTELA (Texas Chapter of NCTE) as well as the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award for publicly opposing her district’s ban of Angie Thomas’s novel, The Hate U Give. She has taught multiple levels of English as well as Ethics (Civics) to students in Abu Dhabi and in Texas in grades ranging from 7 to 12. Inspired by her childhood teachers, her college instructors, and her mentors, she wishes to empower educators (and students) to challenge injustice and model leadership in their communities.

More information coming soon!

Guided by a multitude of teacher voices, student examples, and useful ideas, workshopping teachers explore a unit focus and its essential questions through a variety of reading workshop structures, including read-alouds, independent reading, shared reading, close reading, response engagements, Socratic circles, book clubs, and mini-lessons (e.g., how-to, reading, literary, craft, vocabulary, and critical), as well as writing workshop structures comprising mentor texts, writing plans, mini-lessons, independent writing, conferences, writing circles, and publishing. This book is for every teacher who has struggled to make beloved classic texts relevant to today’s young readers.

A snapshot of the reading schedule:

Week starting on July 7: Introduction & Chapter 1, Appendices A & B
Week starting on July 14: Chapters 2-4
Week starting on July 21: Chapters 5-6
Week starting on July 28: Chapter 7-8, Appendices D-H


We hope you’ll sign up to join us for NCTE Reads this year. Once we verify your membership status, you should get an invitation to join the Facebook group and we’ll get things started July 7!


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