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What Methods Do You Use to Teach Literature and Language Arts?

What Methods Do You Use to Teach Literature and Language Arts?

Do you know how you would answer this teacher interview question: What methods do you use to teach literature and language arts.

It is essential the response you give to the job interview question is truthful, relevant to the position, and shows value to the school district. The following could be a possible answer, or it may provide some ideas for you to tailor your response:

I use various instructional strategies when teaching literature, including literature circles, scaffolding, modeling, cooperative learning, student choices, self-initiated reading and writing, reading/writing workshops, activating prior knowledge, and student responses to literature.

The concept of support in scaffold instruction is much broader than the modeling and teaching strategies and skills; this is only one part of the scaffolding process.

Providing support takes place in some ways – the way the selections are organized in a theme, the amount of prior knowledge activation that is provided, the way the students read the literature, and the types of responses students are encouraged to make.

Modeling is a vital part of helping students learn the process of constructing meaning and assisting them in learning the various literature strategies and skills. Modeling takes place first through the literature itself and the way it is organized in thematic units.

I provide modeling of specific strategies and skills for those students who need help. Using literature as models to show the use of skills will help to accomplish the goal.

These mini-lessons may be formal or informal. By reading aloud, modeling by me demonstrates response activities and discussions and through writer’s/reader’s workshop. Students can provide modeling for each other through cooperative learning.

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