Language Arts: This course provides a study of methods and materials used in developing an integrated language arts program in the elementary classroom. The course provides teacher candidates with strategies to understand and use language arts concepts to teach reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, and teaching skills while incorporating the professional teacher standards for language arts teachers that include the following reading components: ability to comprehend, interpret literary texts, such as creative nonfiction, fiction, drama, poetry; and nonliterary texts, such as informational, persuasive, technical, and functional texts as well as major genres, authors, and works of American, world and children’s literature. The course also provides instructional strategies and materials for developing a language arts lesson plan according to the academic standards. Clinical experience required. Social Studies: The social studies aspect of this course provides a study of methods and materials used in developing a social studies program in the elementary classroom. Teacher candidates gain knowledge and understanding, and use the major concepts and modes of inquiry from the social studies- the integrated study of history, geography, the social sciences, and other related areas- that will promote students’ abilities to make informed decisions as citizens of a culturally diverse democratic society and interdependent world while exploring multi-cultural perspectives and backgrounds as they relate to social studies. Clinical experience required.
MAT 534 Language Arts and Social Studies Methods