University of West Georgia -- Department of English and Philosophy
1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30118 -- Phone: (678) 839-6512 - Fax: (678) 839-4849

Course Template
The following information should be available to students as a part of all syllabi for this course.

Course Information
Number: ENGL 4295
Catalog Name: Reading and Literature in Secondary English Classrooms
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 Required texts and other readings/materials
  • Individual instructors may assemble a group of texts that will allow students to meet the objectives and specifications of the course. No specific texts are required.
Course description
  • A practical course, designed to assist in the preparation of prospective teachers of English at the high school level,  exploring literacy instruction using young adult literature in its own right and as a bridge to classic literature.  (Same as SEED 4295)
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and 1102.
  • A further specific description pertaining to this section of the course may be added.

Course Goals

The student will:

  • Develop an understanding of basic reading processes.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a range of classic and Young Adult texts customarily taught in grades 7-12, reading, reviewing, and critiquing such literature in a collaborative manner with peers and instructor.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of students’ abilities to learn from reading and the language arts and the ways in which novice readers process textual information.
  • Demonstrate how to provide support to students in comprehension at every stage of that process both through specific reading skills and through a scaffold of accessible textual, contextual, and illustrative material for novice readers.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of higher-order literacy, including how to build language development, strategies to advance analytical and concept development, and ways to teach both efferent and aesthetic reading.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development of moral reasoning skills through literature.
  • Select instructional strategies and methods and develop lesson plans that demonstrate an effort to teach reading-learning strategies in a literature environment, to bridge classic literature with Young Adult texts.
  • Define the rights and responsibilities of teachers, parents, students, and other groups with respect to literature curriculum content and establish proficiency in writing rationales for texts that may be challenged.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ways to create a multicultural and gender-balanced curriculum.
  • Demonstrate proficiency incorporating technological innovations in the teaching of reading/literature.
  • Advance personal-professional development and self-examination.
  • Students will demonstrate in both oral and written work a discipline-specific critical facility through convincing and well-supported analysis of related material.
  • Students will demonstrate their command of academic English and the tenets of sound composition by means of thesis-driven analytical prose.
  • Students will learn to use discipline-specific computer technologies related to the study of language such as listservs, word processing, and internet research.

Program Goals

  • This course is required for the completion of the English major with secondary Education.
  • Students will develop the pedagogical, analytical, oral and written skills to pursue graduate study or careers in teaching, writing, and a variety of other fields.
  • This course contributes to the program goal of equipping students with a foundation in literary history and the issues surrounding literary study in contemporary culture.
  • This course broadens students' desire and ability to take pleasure in their encounter with literature and to assist young adults in also doing so.
General topics and assignments appropriate to those topics
  • To be determined by instructor.
Assessment activities
  • To be determined by instructor, but to include extensive lesson planning in the context of thematic units, development of web-based teaching materials, booktalks and other oral presentations, teachers' rationales, and written examinations on the theoretical components of the course.
Other policies
  • Departmental plagiarism policies
  • Other policy statements specific to this class should be included on the syllabus.
  • A detailed calendar of readings and assignments should be made available to the class at the first class meeting. A copy should be posted electronically and kept on file in the English department office.
  • Students should be expected to come to class, prepared and able to participate.
  • MLA style should be emphasized and required on out-of-class essays.
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Last updated 8-9-04 --Email Susan Holland with problems or questions about the site.