In this course, prospective urban teachers learn how to develop, teach and evaluate units and comprehensive teaching plans that implement best practices for middle and high school language arts classes. Students acquire, practice and demonstrate a repertoire of effective techniques and activities for teaching such middle school language arts competencies as vocabulary development; sentence, paragraph and essay construction; and reading skills; and such high school language arts competencies as vocabulary development; creative and technical writing skills; and understanding the characters, plots and messages contained in literary works.
- Knowledge of local and national trends related to the teaching and assessment of reading and literature.
- Knowledge, skills, and ability to prepare to teach diverse literatures effectively to diverse students.
- Knowledge, skills, and ability to prepare to teach reading effectively to diverse students.
- Knowledge of relationships between writing and reading practices in the secondary classroom.