Creating Context for American Literature

The session will detail how to provide historical background on a
selection of literature to provide context and linking to the time it
was published. This session addresses the needs of the Common Core
Standard 9 under the high school level reading standards. The goal is
to be able to present a meaningful historical snapshot to provide
cultural context in the treatment of literary themes and topics.

Presenter: Matthew Bowling, Bethlehem High School

Matthew Bowling is a fourth-year teacher at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, KY. There, he teaches freshman and junior English, film study, modern American history, journalism, and American government. Additionally, he coaches the speech team.