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Curriculum Const & Assmt: Reading And Language Arts

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This course focuses on the design and delivery of a comprehensive reading/language arts program of systematic instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in multiple subject classrooms.  Emphasis is placed on instructional planning, design, delivery and assessment as well as universal access and differentiated instruction. Candidates use this knowledge to prepare an integrated unit of instruction. Guided field experience, based on work with a student in a K-8 school setting, is incorporated into the course requirements.

This graduate-level course is 8 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 4
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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    Instructional Planning and Design

    • Integrate the appropriate grade level content standards into instructional planning.
    • Examine the progression of K-8 content standards for reading, writing, written and oral language conventions, and listening and speaking.
    • Study critical periods and foundational skills as they apply to grades K-3 and 4-8 reading and language arts instruction.
    • Define academic language.
    • Analyze the content and structure of curricular and instructional profiles for grades K-8.
    • Implement the elements of effective instructional design.

    Instructional Delivery: Reading

    • Examine K-8 reading content as outlined in the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) and the reading/language arts content standards.
    • Analyze the elements of reading instruction for grades K-3 and 4-8 (word analysis, fluency, and systematic vocabulary development; reading comprehension; literary response and analysis).
    • Integrate written and oral English language conventions into teaching and learning.
    • Evaluate literature, technology, and other resources for instructional use.

    Reading/Language Arts Framework

    • Study the content and structure of the California Department of Education Reading/Language Arts Framework.
    • Analyze the components of an effective reading/language arts program.
    • Examine the structure and content of the K-8 reading/language arts content standards.
    • Explain the role of teachers and other school staff, families, and communities in helping all children learn to read and write.
    • Describe the components of the field experience/practicum for the course.

    Instructional Delivery: Writing

    • Analyze the elements of writing instruction for grades K-3 and 4-8 (strategies and applications).
    • Integrate written English language conventions into teaching and learning.
    • Evaluate literature, technology, and other resources for instructional use.

    Reading/Language Arts Assessment

    • Analyze and interpret assessment results for use in instructional planning and delivery.
    • Examine California’s statewide assessments (STAR, CAHSEE, CELDT).
    • Distinguish between formal and informal assessments.
    • Demonstrate the use of entry-level assessment, monitoring of progress, and summative assessment in grades K-3 and 4-8.
    • Describe the relationship between assessment and instruction.

    Universal Access and Differentiated Curriculum

    • Describe what is meant by the “full range” of learners in the K-8 classroom.
    • Describe the importance of a safe learning environment when providing differentiated instruction.
    • Discuss the use of assessment results in providing universal access to the K-8 reading/language arts curriculum.
    • Examine the research and concepts behind learning groups (benchmark, strategic, intensive).
    • Implement instructional planning and delivery strategies for diverse learners, including gifted and talented, English learners, and students with other special learning needs.
    • Integrate oral and written English language conventions into teaching and learning.
    • Evaluate literature, technology, and other resources for instructional use.

    Instructional Delivery: Listening and Speaking

    • Analyze the elements of listening and speaking instruction for grades K-3 and 4-8 (strategies and applications).
    • Integrate oral English language conventions into teaching and learning.
    • Evaluate literature, technology, and other resources for instructional use.

    Research in Reading Instruction

    • Examine the progression of research on reading/language arts instruction.
    • Analyze the reading process.
    • Identify theories and principles upon which effective reading is based.
    • Examine the language components of phonology, morphology, semantics, graphophonics, and syntax.
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