Dr. Laura L. Runge
LAE 6389.001 Practice Teaching Literature
Class Objectives: Review syllabus
Distribute/choose sample Anthologies
Introduce Syllabus assignment
In-class reading assignment - introductions
Guest: Dr. Gould, Undergraduate Director
General Education Overview
Introduction to Literature, Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Short Story
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 Dan Berrett's article "Students May Be Reading Plenty" in the Chronicle of Higher Education
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 Berrett article. Allow a fifteen-minute break to read; 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.
While you read, pay attention to how you read, knowing that you will be expected to discuss the material.
Part one -- Small group paraphrase and sharing 15 minutes
Part two -- Large group discussion 15 min