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Curriculum Const And Assmt: Reading And Language Arts

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This course focuses on the most current research, theory, and methods of reading instruction, while providing students with the background knowledge in language arts necessary to prepare an integrated unit of instruction. Various instructional and assessment techniques, including research-based phonics, are modeled. A practical application project, 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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    Theories and Strategies for Reading Instruction

    • Identify theories and principles on which effective reading is based.
    • Examine the components of phonology, morphology, semantics, graphophonics, and syntax.
    • Identify the effective components of a lesson plan.
    • Analyze the reading process.

    Preparation for the Practicum

    • Plan for initial tutoring sessions.
    • Investigate the use of informal assessments.

    Assessing Growth in Literacy

    • Interpret an Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) or Running Record to identify student strengths, weaknesses, and reading level.
    • Analyze ways to organize and manage diagnostic information.
    • Implement a program of remediation based on assessment findings.

    Children’s Literature

    • Explore a variety of genres.
    • Integrate children’s literature into units and lessons.

    Learning to Read

    • Examine the roles of listening comprehension and oral expression in the development of literacy.
    • Examine the use of effective oral reading practices to support literacy development.
    • Analyze the relationship of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking.
    • Analyze the interrelationships among cognitive development, metalinguistic awareness, and language learning.
    • Apply the relationship of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking to lesson planning and an integrated unit.
    • Examine the concept of early literacy.

    Applications of Writing in the Classroom (continued)

    • Compare and contrast methods for evaluating student writing, including analytic scoring.
    • Identify student and teacher behaviors during the various stages of the writing process.
    • Analyze the integration of grammar, spelling, and handwriting during writing.

    Language Learning and Literacy

    • Identify instructional strategies and activities for language acquisition.
    • Examine the value and importance of parental support and involvement in literacy development.

    The Place of Explicit and Systematic Phonics in Learning to Read and Write

    • Examine word attack strategies readers use to process written language for meaning.
    • Investigate the utility of phonics and structural analysis generalizations.
    • Analyze the place of phonics in a reading program.
    • Analyze methods of evaluating phonics mastery.
    • Analyze print processing techniques and how they relate to developing appropriate and useful reading strategies.
    • Analyze student writing to evaluate application of phonics elements.
    • Examine the depth of present knowledge of phonics elements through pretest/posttest measures.

    Comprehension Connections

    • Identify instructional practices and methods for teaching comprehension.
    • Examine pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading activities that enhance comprehension.
    • Examine schema theory and how it relates to reading comprehension.
    • Evaluate the use of pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading activities in a tutorial/small group/classroom context.
    • Deliver and evaluate lessons based on continuous diagnostic assessment.
    • Examine the relationship between fluency and comprehension.

    Managing the Reading Language Arts Classroom

    • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of basal programs.
    • Examine the ways in which basals are used in a classroom.
    • Identify ways in which teachers can organize and group students for reading instruction.
    • Examine the use of effective oral reading practices to support literacy development.

    Reading to Learn

    • Examine the elements of reading comprehension in reading to learn.
    • Analyze various study strategies and their application.

    Vocabulary Building

    • Evaluate pedagogical approaches in vocabulary development.

    Applications of Writing in the Classroom

    • Describe the stages of the writing process.
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