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Teaching English in Secondary Schools
TCH ENG SECSCH
CLASS CODE: ENG 430 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: ENGLISH
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Provides practical experience in developing strategies and lesson plans for teaching reading, writing, and literature in secondary schools. (Culminating class for English Education majors.)
TAUGHT: Winter, Summer, and Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Strategies for and theories about teaching reading, writing, and literature; developing curricula; integrating reading, writing and critical thinking skills; relating language arts to personal experience and development.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

  1. Begin to develop a theory of language arts instruction working toward a potential philosophy statement.
  2. Explore the various components of the language arts curriculum (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and language study) and how they work together to form practical and intellectual meaning for students.
  3. Learn how teachers use reading and writing (and other language arts) to help students make connections between the curriculum and life.
  4. Understand that writing and reading are process-based activities that lead to learning.
  5. Adopt principles of effective instruction through such means as lecture, whole-class discussion, small group work, individual work, and technology.
  6. Explore curriculum materials that acknowledge and address multiple levels of abilities and diverse perspectives.
  7. Create a sample language arts curriculum, thematic unit, and daily lesson plans for that unit.
  8. Explore a variety of formal and informal assessments in the language arts.
  9. Develop effective classroom management skills that will enhance teaching effectiveness.
REQUIREMENTS: Create multiple 5-10 minute lesson plans for teaching writing, reading, literature. Deliver two to four demonstrations on reading, writing, and literature. Read theory describing the teaching of writing, reading, and literature. Keep reading and dialogue journals. Prepare and demonstrate lesson plans adapted to student grade levels. Write a researched, personal teaching philosophy and a reflective essay on personal learning. Requires 32-40 pages of edited prose.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001