EDUC 591F - Workshop: In Search of the Novel

  • 2 credits

Registration for fall is currently unavailable. Please return after July 1, 2018 to check for registration availability.

Discover creative strategies for bringing novels to life for middle and high school students with this workshop featuring the words and works of 10 novelists, including Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, J. K. Rowling, and Toni Morrison. Within the framework of real classroom practice, the workshop offers interviews with contemporary authors, literary critics, teachers, and students, as well as film clips from adaptations of the novels featured.

This workshop poses basic questions that can help you examine the genre from multiple perspectives and bring it to life for your students. Review the course work requirements and the supporting website for more information.

Annenberg Learner (formerly Annenberg Media) funds and distributes multimedia professional development courses and resources to advance excellent teaching in American schools. These educational video programs with coordinated web and text materials help teachers enhance their expertise in their fields and refine their teaching methods. The School of Education at Colorado State University offers graduate credit for teachers enrolled in these professional development courses. Educational video programs with coordinated interactive web and text resources form the basis for these courses and can be accessed at the Annenberg Learner website.

Important Information

Please begin viewing the videos and completing the assignments immediately after you register by accessing the supporting website at


Cindy O'Donnell-Allen

(970) 491-6428 |

Ph.D. Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, University of Oklahoma; M.S. Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, University of Oklahoma; B.S. Secondary Language Arts Education, University of Oklahoma.

Professor O'Donnell-Allen teaches courses in literacy, composition, pedagogy and adolescents' literature. Her research explores the ways in which discursive practices serve as tools for collaborative knowledge construction in learning communities. She has published articles and chapters on adolescents' literary meaning construction in multimedia interpretive texts; the influence of nested contexts on students' engagement with literature; the relationships among gender, language, and power in school; and the role of relational frameworks in collaborative learning. Her current research projects include a three-year longitudinal study on the development of a teacher research group into a discourse community and a study of the ways pre-service English teachers voluntarily access and construct narratives in the process of learning to teach.