rdg420 | undergraduate
Elementary Methods - Reading/language Arts
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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The Nature of Reading in Today's Learning Environment
- Examine the integration of language arts with other areas of the curriculum.
- Contrast the major theories of cognitive development and of reading.
- Describe the active, constructive role of students in literacy tasks.
- Identify the main stages in literacy development.
- Evaluate the major approaches to the teaching of reading and their underlying principles.
Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
- Compare the concept of emergent literacy with that of reading readiness.
- Identify techniques for phonological and phonemic awareness.
- Investigate the importance of teaching concepts of print in emergent reading.
- Explore assessment tools for evaluating phonemic awareness and phonics skills.
- Examine the value of reading aloud to, with, and by children in a shared reading lesson.
- Explore the concept of writing as part of emergent literacy.
- Identify a series of prompts to encourage students to use graphophonic, semantic, or syntactic cues.
- Explain the importance of knowledge about phonics, sight words, and structural analysis and the basic principles for teaching each in an integrated, functional, meaning-centered fashion.
- Identify techniques for teaching and reinforcing alphabet knowledge.
Assessing Language Arts
- Examine the role of assessment in instruction.
- Assess the reading interests of pupils.
- Explain the uses, strengths, and weaknesses of formal and informal assessment measures.
- Explore the use of portfolios and rubrics as assessment tools.
- Identify the basic principles of teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary.
- Suggest effective strategies and activities for vocabulary development.
- Plan a vocabulary lesson that reinforces morphemic and contextual analysis.
- Describe pedagogical strategies for activating schemata and background knowledge.
- Appraise the role of the performance arts in oral and aural development.
- Explore assessment tools for evaluating vocabulary.
- Identify major comprehension strategies.
- Identify methods for teaching and for reinforcing metacognitive awareness.
- Plan a guided reading activity or a directed reading -thinking activity.
- Identify the major comprehension difficulties posed by content area texts.
- Describe effective techniques to enhance retention of expository material.
- Explore assessment tools for evaluating comprehension.
- Examine the procedures for developing literature-based, cross-curricular integrated units.
- Investigate progressive Cloze procedures to foster comprehension.
Teaching Writing Process
- Explore the use of the Six Trait Writing rubric in the writing process.
- Provide examples of ways that students can share or publish their writing.
- Identify appropriate ways to use journals in the classroom.
- Explore assessment tools for evaluating writing skills.
- Compare the stages of the reading and writing processes.
- Define the steps of the writing process.
- Explain the concept of writing as part of emergent literacy.
- Identify methods for improving reading fluency.
- Define reading fluency.
- Explore assessment tools for evaluating reading fluency.
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