EN 220 Writing for Teachers

Course Description:
This course is designed to improve the writing skills of elementary teachers through the development of competencies in the areas of syntax and vocabulary in written work directly related to the field of elementary education.

  • Prerequisite Courses: EN110, EN120a

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and use knowledge of the FSM elementary school curriculum standards.
  • Apply a variety of teaching approaches to meet learning needs of FSM elementary students.
  • Assess and evaluate learning of the elementary student at both the formative and summative levels.
  • Organize and manage an elementary classroom environment for learning.
  • Demonstrate and use background knowledge in the following areas: learning theories and principles, human development, language development, educational foundations, socio-cultural issues, and individual and group motivation.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL:
The student will be able to:

  • Write lesson plans and worksheets for elementary students, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.
  • Apply capitalization and punctuation rules correctly in lesson plans, worksheets for elementary students, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.
  • Use appropriate vocabulary and spell words correctly in lesson plans, worksheets for elementary students, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.
  • Use formal speech in lesson plans, worksheets for elementary students, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.
  • Use reference helps including the dictionary and thesaurus (both in print and electronic forms) and the spell-check and grammar-check functions in word processing programs.

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I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1. . Write lesson plans and worksheets for elementary students, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1. Use nouns and pronouns correctly in written work, including count/non-count nouns, regular and irregular plural nouns, pronoun agreement, pronoun antecedents, singular and plural possessive nouns and pronouns, articles, and that/who/whom.

Submit written assignments such as lesson plans, worksheets, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays. Work will be assessed on correct use of the grammatical items. A scoring rubric will be used.

1.2. Use verbs correctly in written work, including correct use of verb tense, irregular verbs, modals, active and passive verb forms, contractions, auxiliary and linking verbs.

Submit written assignments such as lesson plans, worksheets, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays. Work will be assessed on correct use of the grammatical items. A scoring rubric will be used.

1.3. Use prepositional phrases correctly in written work.

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1.4. Use adjectives correctly in written work.

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1.5. Use adverbs correctly in written work.

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1.6. Use conjunctions correctly in written work.

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General SLO 2. Apply capitalization and punctuation rules correctly in lesson plans, worksheets for elementary students, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1. Explain subject-verb-agreement

Submit written assignments such as lesson plans, worksheets, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.
Work will be assessed on correct use of the grammatical items. A scoring rubric will be used

2.2. Identify and edit run-on sentences.

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2.3. Use complete sentences in written work.

Written checkout. Written work will be scored only on correct use of nouns and pronouns, verbs, prepositional phrases, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, avoidance of run-on sentences, and use of complete sentences. A scoring rubric will be used.

2.4. Use parallel construction in written work.

Written checkout. Written work will be scored only on correct use of nouns and pronouns, verbs, prepositional phrases, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, avoidance of run-on sentences, use of complete sentences, and parallel construction. A scoring rubric will be used.

General SLO 3. Use appropriate vocabulary and spell words correctly in lesson plans, worksheets for elementary students, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1. Apply capitalization rules correctly in written work.

Written checkout. Written work will be scored only on correct use of nouns and pronouns, verbs, prepositional phrases, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, avoidance of run-on sentences, use of complete sentences, parallel construction, and capitalization. A scoring rubric will be used.

3.2. Apply punctuation rules correctly in written work.

Written checkout. Written work will be scored only on correct use of nouns and pronouns, verbs, prepositional phrases, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, avoidance of run-on sentences, use of complete sentences, parallel construction, capitalization, and punctuation. A scoring rubric will be used.

General SLO 4. Use formal speech in lesson plans, worksheets for elementary students, journal entries, reflection papers, answers to essay questions, and essays.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

4.1. Demonstrate understanding of the meaning and appropriate use of vocabulary commonly used in elementary curricula.

Written checkout. Written work will be scored only on correct use of nouns and pronouns, verbs, prepositional phrases, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, avoidance of run-on sentences, use of complete sentences, parallel construction, capitalization, punctuation, and appropriate vocabulary. A scoring rubric will be used.

4.2. Correctly spell words commonly used in elementary curricula including words commonly confused due to pronunciation errors, such as ate and hate, lose and loose, and pound and bound.

Written checkout. Written work will be scored only on correct use of nouns and pronouns, verbs, prepositional phrases, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, avoidance of run-on sentences, use of complete sentences, parallel construction, capitalization, punctuation, appropriate vocabulary, and spelling. A scoring rubric will be used.

4.3. Use transition words correctly in written work.

Written checkout. Written work will be scored only on correct use of nouns and pronouns, verbs, prepositional phrases, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, avoidance of run-on sentences, use of complete sentences, parallel construction, capitalization, punctuation, appropriate vocabulary, spelling and transition words. A scoring rubric will be used.

4.4. Distinguish between formal and casual speech and use only formal speech in written work. For example, the student will use "going to" instead of "gonna," "because" instead of "cause" or "cuz," "through" instead of "thru," etc.

Written checkout. Written work will be scored only on correct use of nouns and pronouns, verbs, prepositional phrases, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement, avoidance of run-on sentences, use of complete sentences, parallel construction, capitalization, punctuation, appropriate vocabulary, spelling, transition words, and formal speech. A scoring rubric will be used.

General SLO 5. Use reference helps including the dictionary and thesaurus (both in print and electronic forms) and the spell-check and grammar-check functions in word processing programs.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

5.1. Use an electronic dictionary and a paper dictionary.

Written checkout. Assignment will require use of electronic and paper dictionaries.

5.2. Use an electronic thesaurus and a paper thesaurus.

Written checkout. Assignment will require use of electronic and paper thesauri.

5.3. Use the spell-check and grammar-check functions in a word processing program.

Written checkout. Assignment will require use of the spell-check and grammar check functions in a word processing program.

D. COURSE CONTENT
Vocabulary, syntax, and grammar items, such as:

  • count vs. non-count nouns
  • regular and irregular plural nouns
  • pronoun agreement
  • pronoun antecedents
  • singular and plural possessive nouns and pronouns
  • articles
  • that, who, whom
  • verb tense
  • irregular verbs
  • modals
  • active and passive verb forms
  • contractions
  • helping verbs
  • linking verbs
  • prepositional phrases
  • adjectives
  • adverbs
  • conjunctions
  • subject-verb agreement
  • run-on sentences
  • sentence fragments
  • parallel construction
  • capitalization rules
  • punctuation rules
  • vocabulary used in elementary curricula
  • spelling of words used in elementary curricula
  • transition words
  • formal and informal speech
  • dictionary use, both in paper and electronic forms
  • thesaurus use, both in paper and electronic forms
  • spell-check and grammar check

E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Lectures, group work, in-class exercises, required reading and assignments

F. REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
John, L. and B. Johnson. English Essentials. Townsend Press, Inc., West Berlin, NJ, 2005 (or most recent edition)..
Each student is required to provide an electronic storage device for course assignments. Also, each student is required to provide a Standard English language dictionary and a Standard English language thesaurus. Supplemental handouts to be provided by the instructor

G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
Azar, B. (1992) Fundamentals of English Grammar, 2nd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Prentice Hall Regents (or most recent edition).

H. INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I. EVALUATION
None

L. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

 

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