A Morenci teacher will speak Nov. 25 at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in Boston.
Sally Kruger was chosen to participate in a day-long panel session celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), a group promoting young adult literature. The session is called "40 Years of ALAN: Celebrating Great Books for Young Adults," bringing together authors, publishers, editors and educators who share young adult (YA) literature with teens.
Kruger will be joined by author Emmy Laybourne to present a program titled "Post-Apocalypse Now: Using the YA novel 'Monument 14' to engage teens in imagining their own survival."
Kruger and Laybourne developed a friendship last spring when the author spoke with Morenci students via a Skype chat.
Kruger will talk about her views on current trends in post-apocalyptic fiction and answer the question: Why are teens so fascinated with the end of the world?
The session will present an overview of the novel and list activities that Kruger matched to ELA Common Core State Standards. Lessons include opportunities for research, persuasive/argument writing, plot and character development, corresponding vocabulary, and even a student-created recipe book.
The use of technology will be addressed through ideas for creating a class reaction blog. The presentation will also provide information about meeting speaking/listening standards through student participation in student-led parent/teacher conferences. In addition, Laybourne will offer tips for leading effective Skype author chats.