Department of English and Speech, Chicago State University
English 360: Methods of Teaching Literature 6-12 (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Education
Approaches to teaching literature through reading, writing, and nonprint media.
Stresses practical development of teaching material.
Assignment: Book Pitch
Students will assume the role of the author of a young adult text (already
published) and create a PowerPoint presentation to persuade an editor, parents,
and adolescents of the value of publishing this text.
This module could be adapted for use in a college classroom as a book review assignment
(e.g., an introductory literature class or in a class requiring that students choose and
read texts in their discipline) or a middle or high school class requiring that students
do individualized reading in a discipline (e.g., in an American history class, a student
might read Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried or Michael Herr's Dispatches,
presenting information to the class in a way similar to that described above).
Rather than requiring a Book Pitch, it might be more appropriate in these settings
to require a book review. Instructors could provide models of in-depth book reviews
from The New York Times or other print and/or electronic sources. Book reviews could
then be presented as well as published on a class website.