mte566ca | Graduate
Curriculum Const & Assmt: Secondary English/language Arts
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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.
- 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.
- Analyze instructional strategies that meet the learning needs of diverse students.
Integrating Literature, Technology, and Media
- 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.
- 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.
- Compile a list of fiction and nonfiction literature to enhance the teaching of English.
- Examine traditional literature study—American, British and world—including literary criticism, theory, and terminology.
- Analyze the importance of staying current in English education.
- Identify professional development opportunities in English available in your state.
- Review the roles of English and language arts professional organizations.
- Analyze professional resources available to English teachers.
Reading and Writing Strategies
- 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.
- 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.
- Evaluate current English texts.
- 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.
- Analyze the use of rubrics in teaching and evaluating writing.
Classroom Assessments and Rubrics
- Recognize the elements of effective rubric development for various instructional activities.
- Identify forms of classroom assessment and implications for planning instruction.
- Develop rubrics to evaluate and assess student performance.
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.
- Explain the importance of parent/teacher communication and collaboration.
- Determine strategies for increasing the level of parental involvement.
Standards and Curricula
- Review state and national English standards and assessments.
- 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 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.
History and Trends in English Education
Explain historical perspectives and trends in the study of English and language arts.
- Identify current themes and trends in the teaching of English.
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