Literacy: From Words to Works - Developing
Mount Mercy College/IDA Conference
Syllabus Fall 2009
This course is designed to provide students with strategies and activities to
reach all students in the area of writing instruction. Students will be
exposed to first generation grammar, sentence creation, paragraph
development, and proofreading and revising techniques.
The students will:
1. attend on September 26, 2009 from 8:00- 4:00, meet with Ellen
O`Keefe at 4:00 to review syllabus, and complete follow-up
assignments by December 1, 2009.
2. evaluate current practices in the areas presented on September 26,
2009 and create a plan to refine teaching practices for maximum
student engagement and learning in their classrooms.
3. implement strategies presented on September 26, 2009 in their own
classrooms, gather data, and summarize results in a report.
4. create two lessons, teach the lessons, and provide written report of
the experience using the new techniques from September 26, 2009
and the results.
Assignments Due by December 1, 2009
1. Students will create a report which includes an analysis and evaluation
of current teaching practices in the areas presented: first generation
grammar, sentence creation, paragraph development, and
proofreading and revising techniques. The second part of this
assignment will include a plan created to refine current practices in
light of information learned during the conference. This plan should
be detailed in terms of topics to be covered and how they will be
presented to the students in their classrooms.
2. Students will implement strategies from each of the areas presented
at the conference in their own classrooms. Students will complete a
detailed summary of the strategies implemented, the types of data
collected and recorded, and the analysis of the data (especially in
terms of change compared to prior strategies used). All 4 areas should
be addresses in the data gathering and reporting.
3. Students will create two lessons that include content from the session
they attended, as well as their own creativity. Include hard copies of
any handouts, worksheets, etc. Students will provide the plan, a
summary of the experience using the new techniques, and the results
of the techniques.