Liberal Arts - 32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT - 59812

406-243-5231

Courses

The following courses are offered with varying frequency as part of the curriculum in English Teaching; please see the Department´s listing of courses to learn which courses will be offered during the current/upcoming semester.

U 395 Special Topics Variable cr. (R–9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one–time offerings of current topics.

U 398 Internship Variable cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of department. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.

UG 439 Studies in Young Adult Literature 3 cr. Offered autumn. Reading of representative texts covering the history, genres, authors, and themes of literature for students in middle school and high school.

UG 440 Teaching Writing 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., C&I 303, senior standing and consent of instr. Emphasis on teaching writing in grades 5–12. Research about development and maturity of writers, overview of schools of writing/history of writing instruction, strategies for teaching writing as a process, elements of writing craft, criteria for assessing and responding to writing, peer–coaching methods, writing/reading workshops, the role of grammar in improving writing, writing/reading connections, assignment characteristics, and grading practices. Required of students pursuing secondary English major and minor teaching certificates.

UG 441 Teaching Reading and Literature 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., ENT 439, admission to teacher education and consent of instr. Emphasis on various approaches to teaching reading and literature in grades 5–12. Research about the development and maturity of readers, strategies for teaching reading comprehension and vocabulary, strategies for diagnosing reading abilities and criteria for reading assessment, reading workshops/literature circles. Emphasis on various approaches to teaching literature: generic, thematic, chronological and interdisciplinary. Includes techniques for developing evaluative, interpretive, perceptive, and personal responses to prose, poetry, film and other media. Focus on the design of lesson plans and curriculum using traditional, young adult, and multicultural literature in grades 5–12. Required of students pursuing secondary English major and minor teaching certificates.

UG 442 Teaching Oral Language and Media Literacy 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., ENLI 465, admission to Teacher Education, and consent of instr. Emphasis on preparation, implementation, and evaluation of teaching strategies and materials in grades 5–12. Includes learning objectives, teaching styles, unit plans, print and non–print media, and creative drama. Explores student–centered curriculum, with emphasis on developmental abilities in reading, speaking, listening and viewing. Special emphasis on language and language development. Teaching majors and minors in areas other than English should enroll in ENT 440.

UG 495 Special Topics 1–6 cr. (R–6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one–time offerings of current topics.

U 496 Independent Study 1–3 cr. (R–9) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr. and chair, and junior or senior standing. Special projects in English teaching. Only one 496 may be taken per semester.

G 542 Theories and Pedagogies of Rhetoric and Composition 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Exploration of contemporary theories and practical strategies for teaching rhetoric and composition grades 5–16.

G 543 Advanced Teaching Strategies for Young Adult Literature 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., teaching experience or senior standing (3.0 GPA and petition) with consent of instr. Selecting, reading, teaching, and evaluating young adult literature. Design of thematic units with emphasis on students´ responses to literature. Presentation of multicultural literature, gender equity, censorship, and media issues.

G 544 Creative Drama in English Class 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., teaching experience, or senior standing (3.0 GPA and petition) with consent of instr. Designing, teaching and evaluating creative drama in the English language arts classroom. Emphasis on using creative drama as a learning skill to teach literature and language.

G 545 Theories and Pedagogies of Literacy 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Exploration of contemporary theories and practical strategies for teaching literacy grades 5–16.

G 546 Theories of Literary Criticism for Teachers 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., teaching experience or senior standing (3.0 GPA and petition) with consent of instr. Emphasis on a variety of theories which focus on reader responses. Application of theories to prose and poetry genres.

G 547 Advanced Teaching Strategies for Writing and Reading 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., teaching experience, or senior standing (3.0 GPA and petition) with consent of instr. Current research and best practices in teaching writing and reading in all content areas. Emphasis on writing and reading processes, workshops, conferences and portfolios. National and state standards, curriculum, and assessments in writing and reading are addressed.

G 548 Portfolios and Assessment in English Language Arts 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., teaching experience, or senior standing (3.0 GPA and petition) with consent of instr. Selecting, designing, and evaluating informal and formal assessments in English Language Arts. Exploration of portfolios as assessment strategies that align curriculum and instruction. Focus on content and performance standards, evaluation criteria and rubrics, and role of reflection in teaching and learning.

G 550 Montana Writing Project 9 cr. Offered summer. Prereq., special application and consent of director. Intensive, four–week program designed to increase the effectiveness of the teaching and learning of writing in all levels of education in Montana. For graduate students, K–12 teachers in all content disciplines and university level educators.

G 551 Writing the Professional Paper 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Guidelines and mentoring for individual research projects that culminate in writing the professional paper for completion of the M.A. in English Teaching.

G 552 Montana Writing Project Leadership Training 7 cr. Offered intermittently Prereq., ENT 440, special application, and consent of director. Intensive leadership training for Montana Writing Project teacher–consultants in responding to peer writing, organizing professional development institutes, honing strategies for curriculum development and institute design to provide professional development statewide that increases the effectiveness of teaching and learning of writing in all levels of education, pre–20.

G 553 Niitsitapi Ways of Knowing and Teaching: An Institute for Writing, Reading, Inquiry and Reflection 7cr. Offered summer at Blackfeet Community College. Focus is on writing across the curriculum in the context of participants´ teaching assignments alongside the essential component of Niitsitapi (Blackfeet) culture and ways of knowing. Participants develop a theoretical articulation of what it means to write in their disciplinary area(s) of endorsement and with predominantly Blackfeet students. Participants design and critique writing curriculum and instruction in their disciplines with attention to theory and research on writing in the content areas and Blackfeet ways of knowing.

G 593 Professional Paper (Teacher) Variable cr. (R–4) Offered intermittently. Pedagogical paper for the Master of Arts (Teacher Option). Credit not allowed toward any other degree.

G 595 Special Topics Variable cr. (R–9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., teaching experience or senior standing (3.0 GPA and petition) with consent of instr. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one–time offerings of current topics.

G 596 Graduate Independent Study 1–9 cr. (R–9) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr. and chair. Special projects in English teaching. Only one 596 permitted per semester.

G 598 Internship Variable cr. (R–9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of department. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office.