Methods in Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 400


Course Description:
This course includes the development and implementation of methods, materials, content, and organization for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the elementary school. Ten hours of field experience are required for course completion.


Course Details


Dr. Jajuan Clark


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Suggested:  Tompkins, G.E. (2009). Language  Arts: Patterns of practice. (9th Ed.). Pearson:   New York. ISBN: 9780135224618


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Develop teaching practices that demonstrate knowledge and understanding of language and early literacy learning/devlopment.

Analyze what teachers might do to support a child’s growth and development in the language arts, including the use of data from writing assessment(s).

Describe the relationship between the six areas of language arts and how it relates to instructional planning in the classroom.

Enhance skills and strategies for teaching concepts through participation in elementary language arts and writing instructional activities. 

Summarize language diversity and the different uses and types of language in the learning environment.






Task– Skills Performance and Demonstration
MA1 – Writing Assignments
MA3 – Writing Assignments, Projects
MA4 – Skills Performance
MA5 - Skills Demonstration

MA1 – Writing Assignments

MA1 – Writing Assignments
MA2 – Writing Assignments
MA3 – Writing Assignments, Projects
MA4 – Skills Performance
MA5 – Skills Demonstration

Task– Skills Performance, Teacher Observation
MA3 – Writing Assignments, Projects
MA4 – Skills Performance
MA5 – Skills Demonstration

Task – Skills Performance, Teacher Observation
MA3  – Writing Assignments, Projects
MA5 - Skills Demonstration


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Attend and participate in class regularly.
  • Read all assigned material before class.
  • Study in-class notes and on-line (Canvas) materials.
  • Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.
  • Seek opportunities to practice teaching skills through tutoring and substituting in K – 6 schools.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.


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