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Subject Matter Authorization in Introductory English

Subject Matter Authorization in Introductory English

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Required (48 units)
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Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement English Language and Composition for Beginning Instructors

Curriculum content, strategies, criteria and materials for teaching an AP Language and Composition class.Topics will include: general concepts in rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, composition, and analyzing the reasoning and expression of ideas in prose passages; expository, analytical and argumentation writing; hands-on curriculum development; and preparing students to take the AP Exam. This course is specifically designed for instructors who have taught AP for two years or less.

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3 units

Introduction to Shakespeare

A study of selected major works of Shakespeare including tragedies, comedies, and analysis of the plays from a variety of critical perspectives.

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4 units

Advanced Composition for Educators - Part I

Advanced writing that integrates literature and vocabulary usage. Topics include stages of the writing process, prewriting, revising, editing, combining and expanding sentences, paragraph and multi-paragraph writing, the domains of writing, and a continuum of writing skills.

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4 units

Advanced Composition for Educators, Part II

Advanced composition skills including multiple paragraph expository compositions that support use of analogies, paraphrases, quotations, opinions, comparison and contract, point of view, and transitions between paragraphs, passages and ideas.

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4 units

Creating Dynamic Characters and Dialog in Fiction Writing

Fundamentals for creating dynamic characters and realistic dialog in fiction writing that both drive the central conflict of the story and turn ideas into action. An analysis of how characters think, what creates their logic, and how their personalities manifest themselves in dialog.

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4 units

Introduction to Writing Poetry

Introduction to writing poetry. Various forms of poetry including lyric, sonnet, narrative, ballad, ode and the relationship between the purposes and characteristics of different forms of poetry are examined.

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3 units

Creative Non-Fiction Writing for Educators

Techniques, such as dramatic scene, image, voice, story movement and point of view, for writing creative nonfiction formats including literary journalism, memoirs and essays. Strategies for developing dramatic, true stories using scenes, dialogue, detail and research.

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3 units

Fiction Writing for Educators

Techniques for encouraging creativity and imagination for educators in fiction writing. The basics for fiction writing: plot, characterization, setting, point-of-view, style, story invention and development are presented.

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3 units

Descriptive/Sensory Writing

This course explores ways to improve student sensory writing by providing a variety of activities that engage the five senses and by employing these activities as a basis for writing practice and group discussion.

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2 units

Analysis of 7 Great Plays on Film

Course discussions and assignments include an overview of the selected plays, playwrights, films and filmmakers as well as analyses of the differences between stage plays and film, and how these seven great play texts translate into film. This class was inspired by the 2006 article by Richard Corliss in Time Magazine, "7 Greatest Plays on Film." The seven films included in the course are: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Miracle Worker (1962), His Girl Friday (1940), based on the 1928 play, "The Front Page"), Romeo and Juliet (1996), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), The Lion in Winter (1968), and Cyrano de Bergerac (19990.

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4 units

Introduction to Theater for Educators

Introduction to theater through analysis of structure and content. Topics include: theater history, dramatic texts, acting and directing, scene design, stage lighting, costuming, and theater criticism.

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3 units

Creating Drama

A step-by-step guide to the presentation of a drama production with emphasis on Reader's Theater, skits, improvisation and plays. Topics include writing the play, casting, blocking, dancing, rehearsal schedules, publicity, ticket sales and videotaping.

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4 units

Introduction to Aesthetic Education

Exploration of aesthetic aspects of selected works of art in dance, music and drama and applications for instructional implementation. Participants will team with teaching artists to develop instructional units in aesthetic education.

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4 units

English Composition and Sentence Structure

Principles of sentence structure and functions of English verb system will be addressed. Topics will include grammar with a focus on parts of speech and composition.

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4 units

Content and Methods for Teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition for Advanced Instructors

Review of the nature and goals for teaching AP Literature and Composition. Focus will be on the complexities of dramatic irony in classic comic and tragic plays, prose passages and poems, and analysis of tone in satire or social commentary. Selected samples of classic literary texts in English prose, poetry and drama will be analyzed in reference to teaching Advanced Placement Program students. The course is specifically designed for instructors who have taught AP for more than two years.

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3 units

Connecting Literature with Creative Writing

Demonstrations of the interaction between literature and process writing; strategies for connecting literature with creative writing; the power of modeling and collaboration; and implications of research for language arts instruction.

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4 units

A Survey of British Literature

Overview of British literature from the eighth century to the present. Exploration of ideas, historical and social contexts, themes and literary characteristics of works in various genres by major British writers.

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3 units

Classic American Literature

Readings and discussion of classic works in American Literature including novels, short stories and poems. Authors to be studied include Franklin, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickenson, Irving, Hawthorne, Twain, James, London, Poe and O Henry.

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4 units

Speech and Communication

Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including pitch, volume, tone, emotion, eye contact, posture and gestures. Topics include public speaking and interviewing, body language, using technology tools to communicate via email, and text message.

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4 units

Oral Interpretation For Educators

Techniques of the oral performance of literature with emphasis on content analysis.

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4 units

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Survey of British Literature

Overview of British literature from the eighth century to the present. Exploration of ideas, historical and social contexts, themes and literary characteristics of works in various genres by major British writers.

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4 units

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