NEH Landmarks Workshop for Schoolteachers 2014

Emily Dickinson:  Person, Poetry, and Place

Advance Reading

Curriculum Group meets at the Homestead

photo by Steve Fratoni

Workshop Information:


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Prior to the Workshop, you will be asked to read selections from two primary texts:

  • Emily Dickinson: Selected Letters. Ed. Thomas Johnson. Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1971.
  • The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Reading Edition Ed. R.W. Franklin. Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1999.

The books will be sent to you in advance of the workshop, and the cost ($50) will be taken out of your stipend before it is processed.

You will also be asked to read portions of the Emily Dickinson Museum's website in the "Emily Dickinson" section.

A selected bibliography of significant print anad on-line resources will also be provided.  There will be only limited reading assignments during the Workshop.

Your Curriculum Project

The Emily Dickinson Museum hopes that your experience in "Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place" will lead to new and enriching possibilities in your classroom and school. To that end, you will be asked to complete a curriculum project outline or a plan for new classroom resources during the Workshop.

  • Prior to the Workshop, we will ask you to answer several questions to help us shape the workshop to suit your interests.
  • During the Workshop, you will work in small groups with a curriculum discussion leader to reflect on the joys and challenges of teaching Dickinson and to develop your curriculum project with a template provided by the workshop. Time is set aside throughout the Workshop for group meetings, independent study, and/or individual consultation with Workshop faculty. On Thursday afternoon, you will submit a short (two-page) written summary of your project to your mentor teacher.
  • After the Workshop, you will be asked to use your unit in the following school year and to share the results of your efforts with the Museum. We will consider it for posting on our web site and for distribution to educators who participate in future Museum programs.

To see examples of curriculum projects from the 2009 and 2011 Landmarks Workshop, click here.


NEH Summer Scholars who complete all Workshop sessions will receive a certificate confirming their participation and a detailed description of the Workshop, which will specify the number of contact hours (30-35) undertaken as well as outline the reading assignments and session topics.

You may use these documents to apply for Graduate or Continuing Education Unit credits at your home institution. With advance notice, the Museum will also provide participants wishing to receive independent study credit with additional documentation of their work.