ENG 399 Teaching Literature
Samuel Scheer, W 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
This course is a workshop designed for Master of Arts in Teaching students and for seniors who plan to go on to teach literature in secondary school. As the catalogue tells you, we will discuss short poems, stories, novels, and plays often assigned in high school, thinking about ways to teach them effectively. We will also focus on things teachers do: designing syllabi, planning individual classes, thinking up writing assignments and reading the results.
I plan to invite some colleagues, local teachers and experienced ones to the class to discuss teaching strategies they have found successful (as well as things that haven't worked). We will work collaboratively to deveolop a repertoire of ideas and texts that should make the first year of teaching less daunting. I welcome suggestions for individual texts we might discuss from people who plan to be part of the workshop.