Culturally Responsive Methods And Materials –

rdg548

(3 credits)

This course focuses on reading and writing instructional methods for culturally and linguistically diverse learners and on selecting materials to support that instruction. Participants select methods that meet the needs of the school and community, evaluate the materials for suitability, and create a plan for communicating instructional methods and materials selected to the community.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Selection and Evaluation of Culturally Responsive Textbook Materials for Literacy Instruction

  • Examine the needs of learners with regard to culture, gender, age, and stages of development.
  • Describe the advantages of having different cultures represented in the classroom.
  • Analyze textbooks for authentic inclusion of diverse cultures.
  • Analyze textbook selection processes by school, district, and state.

Selection and Evaluation of Culturally Responsive Non-Textbook Materials for Literacy Instruction

  • Identify guidelines to be used for selecting non-textbook materials, including trade books, software, and web-based materials.
  • Analyze criteria for selecting multicultural literature for classroom use.
  • Create a plan for collaborating with school librarians or media specialists as resources for materials selection.

Instructional Methods for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

  • Examine Common Core or other state standards related to literacy instruction for English language learners.
  • Identify state and federal mandates for organizing literacy instruction for English language learners.
  • Design literacy instruction for English language learners, using research-based models.
  • Identify methods of differentiating instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Writing Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

  • Examine stages of writing development.
  • Examine research-based methods of writing instruction.
  • Design writing activities for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Selecting Materials and Methods Appropriate for the Classroom, School, and Community

  • Describe your vision of a culturally responsive classroom including the methods and materials you would use.
  • Evaluate community demographic information to discern the community’s cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Recommend reading instructional methods and materials that represent your vision of a culturally responsive classroom.
  • Create a plan for communicating materials and methods selection to the community.

Review

  • All objectives apply.

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