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Culturally Responsive Reading Methods And Materials

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This course focuses on reading and writing instructional methods that respond to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners and the selection of materials to support that instruction. Candidates 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 selection to the community.

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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    Instructional Methods for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

    • Design literacy instruction for English language learners, using research-based models.
    • Examine state standards for the instruction of English language learners.
    • Research state and federal mandates for organizing literacy instruction for English language learners.

    Differentiated Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

    • Describe the purposes of differentiated instruction.
    • Identify methods of differentiating instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
    • Plan a process for introducing and organizing differentiated literacy 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.
    • Obtain demographic information about a specific community.
    • 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.

    Selection and Evaluation of Culturally Responsive Textbook Materials for Literacy Instruction

    • Examine the specific 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.
    • Propose a system for the selection of textbook materials for literacy instruction that meets the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in a given community.

    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 the selection of multicultural literature for classroom use.
    • Create a plan for collaborating with school librarians or media specialists as resources for materials selection.
    • Recommend multicultural literature for a grade-level theme.
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