Teaching Methods in Middle School English

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Course Description:
This course is designed for students who are majoring in English education and who will be obtaining teacher certification in grades 6-12. In this course students learn principles of effective curriculum design and assessment and apply these principles by designing and developing interactive English curriculum projects for middle school students, including students from diverse backgrounds and at varying English proficiency levels. This course is offered concurrently with LAE 3940, a one credit hour practicum in which students present their projects in middle school classroom environments. This course addresses specific state-adopted standards, subject matter competencies and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification. 10 hours of teaching are required.


Course Details


Dr. Mackenzie Johnson


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Teaching Middle School Language Arts: Incorporating Twenty-first Century Literacies, Anna J. Small Roseboro. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2010.
ISBN: 9781607096313


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

Create long range and short range plans for instruction at a middle school

Build a repertoire of effective teaching strategies which address learning styles, cultural and linguistic needs, and developmental levels of the school student

Review English skills contained in the state standards

Plan and critique grade/age appropriate English/Language Arts lessons in at least one of the content areas: reading, writing, language, and literature

Participate in professional growth opportunities

Teach with the effective use of questioning, engagement of students, and adaptation to student learning needs and linguistic needs

Plan accommodations in lesson plans and during teaching that meet the needs of ELLs and students with varying learning styles

Use teaching materials and technology to teach content and support diverse learners at varying English proficiency levels

Create and share a lesson plan that integrates popular culture content with reading instruction in grades 6 – 8



E-1, E-5



E-2, E-3, E-6

E-2, E-3, E-6


E-2, E-3, E-6

Task 2.2.1

Task 5.4.2

Task CC8

Task 2.2.1

Task CC3B

Task 2.2.1

Task 5.4.2

Task 5.4.2

Task 2.2.1


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Attend and participate in class regularly.
  • Read all assigned material before class.
  • Study in-class notes and online (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 the 6 – 12 schools.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.


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