Formal Writing Assignment for ELED 316 (Reading Instruction)

Leticia Ortega


Review of a professional organization in reading education


Purpose: As a teacher, it will be important for you to be familiar with opportunities for professional development and active involvement in your field beyond the confines of your classroom or school. In this assignment, you will position yourself as a potential member of a professional organization, and you will analyze possibilities to present and publish your work there. At the same time, you will develop a professional voice in order to address a community of educators about resources and opportunities in your profession.


Assignment: You will conduct a survey of a professional organization specializing in literacy education (International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Reading Conference). You should study the organization website AND selected publications (journals, handbooks) at the library. Select at least two different journals published by the organization, and look at two issues of each. You will report on your findings to your peers (teacher candidates at Salisbury University). Write a 3-4 page, double-spaced report (Times New Roman size 12), in which you present the organization to your peers in terms of how it could be helpful in their future career. Include:

-          a review of conferences, resources, websites, publications, position statements, standards, renowned members, and any other aspects that you find important

-          a reflection on how you (and your peers) could get involved in the organization in order to enhance your professional development

ü  Specify what resources you find useful as a teacher candidate, and which you expect to use as an in-service teacher, explaining how they will be useful

ü  Comment on publications and how you relate to them as a member of the profession and potential contributor: What are some topics of interest? Did you find any innovative ideas that help you rethink your teaching? Who are the authors? Are they teachers, or university professors? Do they report on classroom experiences? Do they report on formal research studies? Is there any particular article that caught your interest?

ü  Would you attend the conferences offered by the organization? Can you see yourself presenting your work there? Who presents, and what kinds of presentations are there –paper sessions, poster sessions, workshops?

-          a list of references at the end (APA style) including the websites and publications reviewed (separate page, added to your 3-4 page paper)


On the due date: Submit the paper report, including the list of references, and be prepared to present the information to members of the class.


Evaluation: Your paper will be evaluated based on completeness, clarity and support for your arguments, sense of audience, organization of your ideas, and mechanics (grammar, spelling, punctuation, citations).