August 25, 2009
Courses and Syllabi
Dr. Laura L. Runge
Office: CPR 360 D
LAE 6389.001 Practice Teaching Literature
Class 1: Choosing Texts
Distribute/choose sample Anthologies
Introduce Syllabus assignment
General Education Overview
Introduction to Literature, Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Short Story
In-class reading assignment - introductions
In-class Reading Assignment:
Essay by Professor X "In the Basement of the Ivory Tower" Atlantic June 2008,
and "Against Readings" by Mark Edmundson, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2009
Divide the class into two groups. One group will read the Professor X article and one group will read
the Edmundson article. Give the class a twenty-minute break to read, and set a time for the class to
reconvene, ready for discussion.
Notes and Discussion Questions:
Discussion Excercise: Why teach literature?
Consider: These recent essays appeared in high profile periodicals, and they represent a growing sense of discomfort with pedagogies in the
Part one -- 15 minutes
Have a spokesperson or two for each group explain the article to the other group. Be as
clear and concise as possible. Accept additions and corrections from other members of the
Part two -- remainder of class time
Addressing both essays, answer the questions:
How does each articulate the "problem" with higher education and the teaching of English in particular?
strategies do they suggest?
What do you think of these solutions?
Do the essays address the same or different problems? Are they
related at all?
How do these essays affect what you want to get out of a teaching practicum?
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