Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects
Teaching English Language Arts: Implementing a Project-Based Learning Approach
This portfolio includes four projects that are woven together to explore topics in teaching literature and composition using a project-based learning pedagogy. The first project, “Literature & Social Cognition: Why Read Fiction?” sets the groundwork for the importance of literature in academia through a brief analysis of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The second project, “Grappling with Consumerism by Tapping into Freud’s Uncanny: Using Coraline for a PBL Approach” explores Coraline through the critical lenses of the uncanny and Marxism to guide students through a variety of texts including Coraline to explore consumerism through a project-based learning approach. The third project, “Leadership in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: A PBL Teaching Unit” is the beginning of a longer PBL unit that focuses on understanding Shakespearean language and writing style through close reading and dramatic performances. The fourth and final project, “Our Vision of Leadership – Multimodal Composition” is the culminating unit for the previous project which explores how to create and polish a video using iMovie.
Keywords: project-based learning, PBL, English Language Arts, student-centered pedagogy, middle school English, multimodal composition
Dr. Heather Jordan
Ms. Kimberly Spallinger
Elkoshairi, Nashwa, "Teaching English Language Arts: Implementing a Project-Based Learning Approach" (2019). Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects. 42.
Children's and Young Adult Literature Commons, Curriculum and Instruction Commons, Educational Methods Commons, Language and Literacy Education Commons, Reading and Language Commons