mte566 | Graduate
Curriculum Const & Assmt: Secondary English/language Arts
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Review of English Education Content Knowledge
- Review language structure and skills including grammar systems and semantics.
- Review language development and acquisition including history of the English language.
- Examine your state’s teacher licensure examinations for English and language arts education.
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.
Reading and Writing Strategies
- Examine reading processes for understanding text including critical analysis and meaning-making strategies.
- Evaluate current English texts.
- Examine the writing processes for different purposes, situations, and audiences.
- Analyze the elements of an effective writing workshop that meets students’ needs.
- Analyze the use of rubrics in teaching and evaluating writing.
- Explore literacy study including major aspects of written, oral, and visual literacy.
- 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.
Instructional Approaches and Strategies
- Analyze instructional strategies that meet the learning needs of diverse students.
- 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.
- 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.
Classroom Assessments and Rubrics
- Develop rubrics to evaluate and assess student performance.
- Recognize the elements of effective rubric development for various instructional activities.
- Identify forms of classroom assessment and implications for planning instruction.
Integrating Literature, Technology, and Media
- 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.
- Develop strategies for expanding student literacy through the study of a wide variety of genres.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Standards and Curricula
- Understand the progression of P–12 state standards in English and language arts.
- Review the Content and Content Pedagogy Components of the National Council of Teachers of English Standards.
- Review state and national English standards and assessments.
Parent, Teacher, and Community Collaboration
- 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.
- Explain the importance of parent-teacher communication and collaboration.
- Explore strategies to utilize community resources in the English classroom.
- Determine strategies for increasing the level of parental involvement.
- Analyze professional resources available to English teachers.
- Review the roles of English and language arts professional organizations.
- Identify professional development opportunities in English available in your state.
- Analyze the importance of staying current in English education.
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