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Content Area Reading And Writing For Adolescents

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This course focuses on strategies for teaching reading and writing to adolescents in content area classrooms. Various vocabulary and comprehension strategies, study skills, and writing to learn techniques are studied. Print and nonprint texts are analyzed. Issues in reading and writing in content areas are examined and debated.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Reading and Writing in 7th- to 12th-Grade Content Area

    • Investigate reasons why some students have difficulty reading and writing in the content areas.
    • Examine language skills as they relate to reading and writing in the content areas.
    • Analyze the integration of literacy into national and state standards for math, science, and social studies.
    • Examine national and state standards for 7th- to 12-th grade reading and language arts.
    • Determine critical issues in teaching reading and writing in the content areas.

    Reading and Writing Engagement in 7th- to 12th-Grade Content Area

    • Determine students’ interests and preferences related to reading and writing expository texts.
    • Analyze influences on students’ motivation to read and write in middle and high school.
    • Examine how to engage reluctant readers and writers in content area classrooms.
    • Propose strategies for utilizing and building on students’ interests related to content areas.

    Content Area Vocabulary

    • Examine the various influences on vocabulary development.
    • Examine the phases of developing word knowledge.
    • Examine strategies for activating and building on students’ schema for word knowledge. 
    • Analyze a variety of graphic organizers and instructional techniques that support students’ vocabulary-building strategies.
    • Identify technology that encourages vocabulary improvement.
    • Determine strategies to improve vocabulary for linguistically diverse students and special needs students.

    Writing to Learn in the Content Areas

    • Propose writing activities to facilitate students’ comprehension in the content area.
    • Examine the importance of writing as a learning tool.
    • Explore strategies for engaging students in the writing process.
    • Debate the issue of addressing grammar and punctuation in writing in the content areas.
    • Reexamine issues in teaching reading and writing in the content areas.

    Study Strategies, Guides, and Assessment

    • Examine formative and summative assessments that reflect literacy standards in content area classrooms.
    • Analyze how to utilize graphic organizers to highlight text structures.
    • Examine note-taking procedures.
    • Create study guides for content area texts.

    Comprehension Strategies in the Content Areas

    • Analyze content area text structures and genres.
    • Examine a variety of comprehension strategies to activate prior knowledge.
    • Examine pre-reading, guided reading, and post-reading activities for content area classrooms.
    • Compare and contrast strategies for organizing information from a content area text.
    • Propose metacognitive strategies to enhance comprehension of the text.
    • Examine critical reading techniques for content area texts.
    • Develop criteria for determining the effectiveness of reading methods in content area classrooms with regard to student engagement, interest, and understanding.

    Reading and Evaluating Print and Nonprint Texts

    • Identify ways adolescent literature can be used to enhance content area instruction.
    • Evaluate content area trade books, texts, and nontext materials for appropriateness, interest, and accessibility.
    • Evaluate a text’s readability level.
    • Examine the benefits and challenges of using content from media in instruction.
    • Examine the uses of technology for content area reading and writing assignments.
    • Explain the importance of being critical users of technology.
    • Analyze ways of assessing children’s understanding of an expository text.

    Managing Reading and Writing Activities in Content Area Classrooms

    • Analyze methods for establishing classroom expectations and procedures based on purpose and age appropriateness.
    • Describe ways of differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students who are at different levels of ability.
    • Propose strategies to address the various learning styles of students.
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