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LAE 6389.001 Practice Teaching Literature


Feb. 15
Class 6: McKeachie, chaps. 15-18

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Discussion Questions

Chapter 15 - High and Low Stakes writing, by Peter Elbow and Mary Dean Sorcinelli

What other ideas can you think of for using low stakes writing in literature classrooms? What other ideas can you think of for using high stakes writing in literature classrooms?

Evaluate the recommendations for preventing plagiarism on p. 210. What do you think causes a student to plagiarize?

Chapter 16 Active Learning -- Cooperation, Collaboration, and Peer Learning

What are some of the more important aspects of group work as described by McKeachie? (I.e. why would you do it? what would you be doing? how would you do it?)

What concerns does this approach to teaching literature raise?

Evaluate the methods described for potential use in the literature classroom:

  • Peer tutoring
  • Learning cell
  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Syndicate
  • Jig saw

    Chapter 17 Problem Based Learning

    How might you employ a case study method or problem-based-learning in a literature classroom? Consider, for example, library or research problems.

    Chapter 18 Technology and Teaching

    How many of you use technology in the classroom? What has your experience taught you about the effectiveness of the methods used?

    How might the descriptions in this chapter improve or help your use of technology in the classroom?

    Does the chapter create an interest in technological teaching methods that you might want to try?

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    Active learning and discussion

    Websites to visit and discuss:

    Criteria for Web Site Evaluation hosted by the University of Michigan Undergraduate Library

    Resources on Academic Integrity at the University of Michigan library

    Visible Knowledge Project: a site on questioning the role of technology in teaching



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