Monday, January 23, 2012

SCCTE 2012: Fostering Authentic Writers through Adaptation Units

Paul Thomas, EdD
Associate Professor
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville SC 29613
864-294-3386 (office)
864-590-5458 (cell)
twitter: @plthomasEdD

“Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.” Martin Luther King Jr., “Where do we go from here?” (1967)

Becoming and being an authentic writer involves having a strong sense of purpose, a sophisticated awareness of genre and medium, and a rich experience with a wide range of avenues for expression. This session will present and discuss a variety of adaptation units that look at several texts from a central source—such as a novel adapted into a film, a graphic novel adapted in a film, or a sci-fi novel adapted into both a film and a graphic novel—in order to foster students as authentic writers.



Thomas, P. L. (2012, March). Challenging genre, medium and text—Students as authentic readers and writers. English Journal, 101(4), TBD.

------. (2011, December). Adventures in genre!: Rethinking genre through comics/graphic novels. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 2(2), 187-201.

-----. (2010, Spring). Diving into genre—A case for literature as T(t)ruth. Notes on American Literature, 19, 4-12.