EDUCATION 415 Language Arts & Social Studies Syllabus
Dr. Cheryl Edwards
Fall Semester 2007
Office: TEC 214
Telephone Numbers: 985-549-5248,
225-802-0449, & 225-695-3328
Office Hours: Thursday and Friday, noon-4:00,
and by appointment
Elementary Curriculum and Instruction is a nine-hour
integrated course that includes language arts, music, science, and
social studies, as related to the needs of elementary school
students. Teaching strategies in the curricular areas will be
explored and refined through working with students in a school
environment during field experiences. Primary emphasis of this
block is future teachers' performance in working effectively with
children and fostering their academic achievement. Evaluation
techniques are reviewed and applied in the experiences gained in
this block. Kinesiology 331 must be taken concurrently.
Sunal, C.S. & Haas, M.E. (2005). Social
studies for the elementary and middle grades: A constructivist
approach (2nd ed). Boston: Pearson.
Thompkins, G.E. (2005). Language Arts:
Patterns of Practice (6t ed.). Upper Saddle
River, New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall.
Abbott, E. (1983). Flatland: A romance of
many dimensions. New York: Harper Collins
Note: This book is available from
Southeastern’s bookstore, but another edition may be purchased or
any edition can be borrowed from a library.
Select a pamphlet or other document that
identifies, explains, and provides examples of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
The taxonomy levels to be included are knowledge, comprehension,
application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Select any writers’ resource/reference book
on grammar, punctuation, and other conventions of writing may be
used for this course.
Hacker, D. (1995). A writer’s reference.
Hopper, V.F., Gale, C., Foote, R.C., &
Griffith, B.W. (1997). A pocket guide to correct grammar
(3rd ed.). Happauge, New York: Barron’s Educational
Strausser, J. (2001). Painless writing. Hauppauge, NY:
Barron’s Educational Series.
Materials: notebook; pocket folder; Louisiana
Content Standards, GLEs for Language Arts and Social Studies,
Comprehensive Curriculum for Language Arts and Social Studies; and
Upon completion of this course, the candidate
work cooperatively in groups. [SM, CK]
speak and write standard English. [PS, SM, CK]
use technology in the production of assignments and
teaching, as applicable. [PS, KL, SM, T]
demonstrate knowledge of the writing process and implement
a process approach to writing in elementary classrooms. [PS, KL,
develop and teach two thematic units. [PS, KL, SM, CK, T,
infuse language arts into science and social studies
lessons. [PS, KL, SM, CK]
employ effective teaching methods to assist elementary
students in the development of language arts and social studies
concepts, skills, and strategies. [PS, KL, SM, CK, T]
involve elementary students in cooperative learning
situations. [KL, SM, D]
participate in service-learning and professional
development activities. [SM, CK, D]
conduct formal and informal assessments of elementary students’
work. [PS, KL, SM, CK, D]
- Class Participation (25 pts.):
Candidates are expected to participate in all class discussions
and activities and complete assignments in a timely manner.
Candidates should complete assigned readings and be prepared
to discuss scheduled topics in class. Points will be
awarded for engagement in class activities throughout the entire
- Quizzes (Optional Assignment: up to 50
pts.): Quizzes will be based on readings, classroom activities,
and other assignments. Be prepared for quizzes with or without
- Develop two group thematic units
integrating language arts, music, science, and social studies.
The lessons will be based on Louisiana Content Standards.
Before a lesson is taught, professors must approve it. Any
changes must also be approved. (Points are earned for the
- Oral History Interview and Paper (50
pts.): Choose one of the following options:
(a) a woman who
was an adult during World War II -- Interview the woman and write
a 2-8 page story about her experiences during that period.
(b) a person who
was a teacher before 1960 -- Interview the person and write a 2-8
page story about his or her career as a teacher.
(c) a man or woman
who served in the armed forces during World War II—Interview the
person and write a 2-8 page story about his or her experiences
during the war.
(d) a person who,
as an adult, experienced a significant event or era in American
history, prior to 1970. Interview the person and write a 2-8 page
story about his or her experiences during that period or event.
Prior approval from Dr. Edwards is required for this option.
- Service-Learning & Professional
Development (25 pts.): Complete 5 actual hours of
service-learning and participate in at least three
professional development activities for a minimum of 10
actual hours. The service-learning and professional
development activities (15 hours total) must benefit you in the
development of your effectiveness and professionalism in
teaching. Complete a service-learning/professional development
form for each activity. If you participate in two professional
development activities, for instance, you would complete a form
for each activity. (Note: Candidates can also earn 25 points
for Dr. McCormick’s section of the course.)
- Literature Circles (50 points): Read
Flatland and participate in a Literature Circle (group) of
five EDUC 415 candidates. Each group will also complete a
project of its choice to share with the class.
- Elementary Student Books (25 pts.): Each
teaching team for Practicum I will create one or more books of
students’ writing. Each group may choose to create one class
book of their students’ writing, one book for each group of
students in their class, or individual books for each student in
the class. The books must be based on a unit-related topic.
Quizzes and/or examinations will include the writing process and
teaching and assessing student writing.
- Spelling Folder/Activity-Strategy Sheet
(25 pts.): Create a spelling folder for teaching spelling.
Select a strategy for teaching spelling and create or identify
an activity for teaching the strategy. Submit the completed
spelling folder and class copies of the sheet stating and
explaining the strategy and the activity. Quizzes and/or
examinations will include the writing process and teaching and
assessing student writing.
- Mid-term Exam (100 pts.) and Final Exam
TOTAL POINTS for
Language Arts/Social Studies: 425
Refer to the
General Syllabus for the grading scale and course notices.
Examinations, Assignments, Field Experiences: If an
emergency arises, it is the candidate’s responsibility to contact
the professor ASAP. If an assignment
is late one calendar day, 25% of the possible points will be
deducted. If an assignment is late two calendar days, 50% of the
possible points will be deducted. A candidate will receive no
points for an assignment submitted more than two calendar days
late. There are deductions for writing errors on all written
work. The minimum amount deducted for one minor error is one
point (e.g., missing comma, misspelled word, missing or incorrect
use of an apostrophe, incorrect verb usage, etc.). There also will
be deductions of from 1-5 points for each error in composition,
structure, formatting and content. All citations and references
must be in APA format (5th edition). Expectations for written
assignments also apply to responses to questions on Discussion
Board and e-mails. Writing assistance is available at
Southeastern's Writing Center (D. Vickers Hall). There are
scheduled times for the lab and appointments can be made. A
professor may also refer a candidate to the Teacher Development
Center for assistance with writing and/or other areas for
Make-up examinations can be given if an emergency
arises, but documentation from an official source (e.g., attending
physician) is required, and a make-up examination will not be
given unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor.
No extra credit work will be given.
Refer to the General Syllabus for other notices that
apply to the course requirements for Dr. Edwards.