Dr. Laura L. Runge
LAE 6389.001 Practice Teaching Literature
Class Objectives: 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:
"A Test You Need to Fail": A Teacher's Open Letter to Her 8th Grade Students, by Ruth Ann Dandrea
or Scott Jaschik's review of Academically Adrift by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in Inside Higher Ed
Notes and Discussion Questions:Discussion Excercise: What are we getting ourselves into? Divide the class into two groups. One group will read the Dandrea letter and one group will read the Jaschik review. Give the class a fifteen-minute break to read, and set a time for the class to reconvene, ready for discussion.
Consider: Both documents address the educational conditions our students face or have faced and we need to be prepared for this.
Part one -- 15 minutes
Part two -- remainder of class time