Ch 2: Foundations of Teaching English Language Arts

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You can look through the information in this Foundations of Teaching English Language Arts chapter to get reacquainted with various literary topics. To test your level of understanding of this material, you can take our challenging lesson quizzes.

Foundations of Teaching English Language Arts - Chapter Summary

During this Foundations of Teaching English Language Arts chapter, you will study information about children's literature and the development of reading and writing abilities. By reviewing this chapter, you should be ready for questions on:

  • Literary genres
  • History of children's literature
  • Themes and topics found in young adult fiction
  • Picking the right book to develop reading skills
  • Types of fiction
  • Difference between fables, folktales and myths
  • Biographies vs. autobiographies
  • How visualization helps increase reading skills
  • Relationship between reading and writing

To make sure you know all about the foundations for teaching English Language Arts, go through the resources that are available in this chapter. These resources include video lessons, transcripts and quizzes were designed to meet your needs in a convenient way. Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors have put these lessons together for you. When you get stuck, you can reach out to our instructors with any questions about the material.

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Foundations of Teaching English Language Arts
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How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

1. How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

To help your students become lifelong readers, you are going to have to teach them about different genres of literature. This lesson will provide some strategies, techniques and activities for teaching literary genres to your students.

What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

2. What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about children's literature, the only genre defined by its audience, through a discussion of its history and themes, while also taking at look at some representative examples.

Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place

3. Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place

Young adult literature has grown and expanded in the last 50 years. In this lesson, you'll learn about the topics, themes, and places that appear in young adult fiction, and you'll have a chance to test your understanding with a short quiz.

How Children's Books Facilitate Reading Development

4. How Children's Books Facilitate Reading Development

When learning to read, it's important for children to, well, read. Sounds simple, right? Not so fast. The right book can make all the difference between a positive and frustrating experience. This lesson outlines how books help children learn to read and offers a guide to finding that perfect text.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

5. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

6. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

7. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

8. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

9. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

Connections Between Reading & Writing for Children

10. Connections Between Reading & Writing for Children

Reading and writing are intimately connected to each other. While this may seem intuitive to many adults, this isn't always clear to children. In this lesson, we'll look at what teachers can do in the classroom to help students with both.

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