rdng500 | Graduate

Reading Methods: Primary

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This course explores current theories and methods to support young children in making a successful start in reading. Participants explore principles of language acquisition and reading; children's transitions from oral language to concepts of print; and the techniques, technology, and texts to begin the development of college- and career-ready readers and writers. Participants analyze effective methods to monitor and assess children's reading, while differentiating reading instruction based on experiential background, language, culture, and special learning needs.

This graduate-level course is 4 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4 weeks

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    Foundations of Print

    • Explain the role of cueing systems in primary reading instruction.
    • Identify techniques for teaching vocabulary and phonics.
    • Demonstrate ways that children build concepts of print.
    • Apply methods to teach and assess phonemic awareness.

    Texts, Comprehension, and Fluency

    • Describe fluency in terms of automaticity, speed, and prosody.
    • Identify daily opportunities to build children’s word knowledge and academic vocabulary.
    • Explain the role that high frequency words play in reading and writing.
    • Analyze children’s spelling development.
    • Explain how text complexity and selection can influence reading comprehension.
    • Identify ways that readers approach, interpret, and connect to literature and informational texts.
    • Evaluate methods for modeling, think-alouds, and applying fix-up tips.
    • Select appropriate texts for English language learners and readers with varying experiences, interests, and abilities.

    Reading Classroom and Curriculum

    • Describe the components of a rigorous and critical reading and writing framework.
    • Identify prompts that teachers use to check children’s reading comprehension.
    • Apply strategies, texts, and technology to differentiate instruction based on experiential background, language, culture, and special learning needs.
    • Apply strategies to develop college- and career-ready readers and writers.
    • Present methods to monitor and assess primary reading and writing.

    Principles of Language Acquisition and Reading

    • Define language acquisition and literacy using evidence from current theory, standards, and research.
    • Describe primary readers in terms of their experiential, cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, and language development.
    • Identify meaningful activities and interactions that influence children’s language acquisition and reading.
    • Explain the roles that sight words, the alphabet, and phonological awareness play in children’s transition from oral to written language.
    • Evaluate learning contexts to support English language learners’ conversational and academic language development.
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