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Curriculum Const & Assmt: Secondary English/language Arts

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This course explores the application of basic instructional methods to the content area of English and language arts in middle school and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of middle level and secondary students by exploring current instructional theory, models, and strategies; state, local, and national standards as they relate to instruction, assessment, and accountability; and social issues that impact reading, listening, speaking, and writing in the classroom. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting delivery methods and behavior management plans for diverse individual students and student populations.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Reading and Writing Strategies

    • Analyze the use of rubrics in teaching and evaluating writing.
    • Explore literacy study including major aspects of written, oral, and visual literacy.
    • Examine reading processes for understanding text including critical analysis and meaning-making strategies.
    • Evaluate current English texts.
    • Explore the use of reading circles and other student-centered approaches to the study of literature.
    • Examine strategies for building students’ comprehension and vocabulary skills in reading.
    • Develop strategies for helping students become reflective readers.
    • Define the developmental stages of writing.
    • Examine the writing processes for different purposes, situations, and audiences.
    • Analyze the elements of an effective writing workshop that meets students’ needs.

    Parent, Teacher, and Community Collaboration

    • Explore strategies to utilize community resources in the English classroom.
    • Explore the range of social, health, educational, and language-related service agencies, and other resources that are available at school and off-campus.
    • Examine how family and personal experiences shape teaching and learning perceptions in the English classroom.
    • Determine strategies for increasing the level of parental involvement.
    • Explain the importance of parent/teacher communication and collaboration.

    Professional Development

    • Review the roles of English and language arts professional organizations.
    • Analyze professional resources available to English teachers.
    • Identify professional development opportunities in English available in your state.
    • Analyze the importance of staying current in English education.

    Instructional Approaches and Strategies

    • Consider how to integrate English and language arts skills with other subject areas.
    • Describe instructional strategies that help students become familiar with their own and others’ cultures.
    • Select appropriate, research-based resources that support English and language arts instruction.
    • Utilize state and national standards to create lesson plans and develop units of study.
    • Develop an instructional unit for English.
    • Analyze instructional strategies that meet the learning needs of diverse students.
    • Define the developmental differences between middle- and secondary-level students and how this affects lesson design and instructional strategies.
    • Identify strategies for promoting positive learning environments in English and language arts classrooms.
    • Propose innovative instructional strategies and materials used to teach English to adolescents.

    Integrating Literature, Technology, and Media

    • Develop strategies for expanding student literacy through the study of a wide variety of genres.
    • Examine traditional literature study—American, British and world—including literary criticism, theory, and terminology.
    • Explore multicultural literature, young adult literature, and literature of diversity including that by women.
    • Utilize state standards to define the skills students must develop to read and respond to a variety of texts critically.
    • Analyze the influence of visual and print media in society and its effect on learning.
    • Develop strategies for establishing critical reading skills for various media.
    • Analyze the legal and ethical issues regarding the use of technology in the classroom.
    • Incorporate the use of technology in English and language arts instruction.
    • Compile a list of fiction and nonfiction literature to enhance the teaching of English.
    • Apply the use of print and nonprint media and communication technology in instruction.

    Standards and Curricula

    • Review state and national English standards and assessments.
    • Review the Content and Content Pedagogy Components of the National Council of Teachers of English Standards.
    • Understand the progression of P–12 state standards in English and language arts.

    History and Trends in English Education

    • Identify current themes and trends in the teaching of English.
    • Explain historical perspectives and trends in the study of English and language arts.

    Classroom Assessments and Rubrics

    • Identify forms of classroom assessment and implications for planning instruction.
    • Recognize the elements of effective rubric development for various instructional activities.
    • Develop rubrics to evaluate and assess student performance.

    Review of English Education Content Knowledge

    • Review language development and acquisition including history of the English language.
    • Review language structure and skills including grammar systems and semantics.
    • Examine your state’s teacher licensure examinations for English and language arts education.
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