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Teacher Talk - Controversial Texts: Teaching Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire" in the High School Classroom

November 17, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST


Many works, like Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer prize winning play, "A Streetcar Named Desire" have been banned, censored, or otherwise restricted at times from high school classrooms. Join us for a discussion of Williams' play and best practices on how to handle controversial texts in the classroom. We will also focus on authorial intent and adaptations including the 1951 film. It is recommended teachers are familiar with the play for discussion, but not required.

Facilitator: Patrick McGhee

Patrick McGhee is the Languages and Literature department chair at Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. He is in his 20th year of teaching English, having focused primarily on advanced academics for 11th and 12th grades. Patrick has taught Pre-AP English, AP English Language, AP Art History, IB Literature, IB Film Studies, and currently teaches AP English Literature at Booker T. For the last 13 summers, he has also served as an AP reader and, most recently, table leader.

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November 17, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST
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Applied Practice
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