Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Meets the following requirements:

  • ED - Educational Studies
  • HS - Human Studies

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course is designed to prepare prospective teachers with methods necessary to implement a comprehensive literacy program for grades 5-8 to include: motivation and the middle school reader; helping middle-school students develop their writing voice through knowledge of language, vocabulary acquisition and use, and working with a variety of text; teaching critical, creative, and collaborative technology use; using multiple tools to differentiate instruction; creating and using rubrics for assessing writing.

The course content focuses on an integrated approach to the acquisition of literacy skills, current best practice, lesson design, questioning techniques, and formative and summative assessment. Learning objectives address Maine’s teaching standards, the Common Core State Standards for students, and the Maine Learning Results. There is a field studies component of 50 hours for this ten-week course. (For example, three classroom observations for two hours each for a total of six hours per week, excluding school vacation week and week 10.) There will be a weekly one-hour lab, shared with Integrated Methods IA: Gr K-4.  

Evaluation will be based on the quality of a course portfolio to include curriculum and assessment design, performance assessments, cooperating teacher feedback on classroom performance, and reflections on the fieldwork and required readings.


Pre- or co-requisite: Child Development, Integrated Methods IA: Gr K-4 Reading and Writing, and, if possible, Children’s Literature. 

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