EDU578: Instructional Methods for Secondary English Language Arts

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Course Overview

This course is designed to introduce secondary teaching candidates to the curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to secondary English Language Arts.  The course is designed to align with both the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)/National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

The course project, Supporting English Language Arts Thinking and Learning, will serve as a vehicle to demonstrate understandings from the course. This includes planning with the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework and utilizing demographic/contextual information about the students, school, and district in the planning process.  Essential questions will guide the unit development.  The unit also will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards and will integrate research-based knowledge and pedagogical strategies.  All content areas in the English Language Arts—literature, reading, writing, language/grammar, speaking/listening, and technology—will be included.  Candidates will create three detailed lesson plans for the unit and will also compose a writing assignment and its accompanying rubric.  An assessment plan will detail pre- and post-tests in the unit and explain the formative and summative assessments given throughout the unit.

There will be 50 hours of field-based activities that must be done at a field-based secondary school. This will provide candidates opportunities to complete assignments that require application of information and knowledge in authentic setting. A description of the activities and reflections on the results will be chronicled in the Reflective Journal that is used in all courses that require field work.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Synthesize information obtained about professional development activities into a polished reflective piece.
  • Create Understanding by Design (UbD) instructional plans that include various areas of English Language Arts, align with standards, and contain a thorough assessment plan.
  • Examine literary works written for the young adult audience and demonstrate knowledge of the nature of teen readers.
  • Plan instruction and design assessments to promote learning for all students in the areas of literature/reading, grammar, speaking/listening, and technology.
  • Develop and deliver a writing assignment that illustrates, uses, and assess the principles and processes of writing.
  • Plan, implement, and reflect on a lesson given to field experience students.
  • Analyze and apply the concepts of motivation, social justice, and equity to instructional planning.

Course Prerequisites

(EDU575 or EDU595 must be complete before enrolling in this course)