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Curriculum Constructs And Assessment: Reading Methods

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This course focuses on the most current research, theory, and methods of teaching reading. Various instructional and assessment techniques are modeled. A practical application project is incorporated into the course requirements.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

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

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    Considerations for Textbook Choice

    • Analyze the organization and content of a textbook to determine its classroom suitability.

    Writing in the Content Areas

    • Examine the writing process.
    • Use holistic and analytic trait scoring.

    Guided Reading Strategies

    • Use guided reading strategies such as DR-TA, Re-Quest, K-W-L charts, Question-Answer Relationships (QAR), note-taking, reciprocal teaching, and SQ3R.

    Supplementary Resources in the Content Areas

    • Evaluate supplementary resources appropriate to chosen content, such as the Internet, trade books, periodicals, software, and multimedia.

    Content Area Literacy

    • Define literacy.
    • Examine trends in literacy.
    • Generate a rationale for content area literacy.

    Pre-Reading Strategies

    • Assess the importance of prior knowledge in the reading process.
    • Use pre-reading strategies such as anticipation guides, graphic organizers, Pre-P, and K-W-L charts.


    • Analyze methods for teaching content area vocabulary.

    National Standards

    • Examine language arts standards.
    • Examine content area standards.

    Post-Reading and Study Strategies

    • Use post-reading and study strategies such as semantic mapping, graphic organizers, Venn diagrams, outlining, and summaries.


    • Examine informal assessment procedures such as the Content Reading Inventory and the Cloze procedure.
    • Examine formal assessment procedures such as standardized reading tests.

    Textbook Difficulty

    • Determine the readability of a textbook using the Fry Graph.
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