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Elementary Methods: Reading And Language Arts

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This course focuses on current research, theory, methods, and state standards related to reading instruction.  It provides students with the background knowledge in language arts necessary to prepare comprehensive standards-based lesson plans and integrated units of instruction. Effective instructional and assessment techniques are modeled.

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.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Phonemic Awareness and Phonics

    • 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.
    • Compare the concept of emergent literacy with that of reading readiness.
    • Identify techniques for teaching and reinforcing alphabet knowledge.
    • Identify techniques for phonological and for phonemic awareness.
    • Investigate the importance of teaching concepts of print in emergent reading.
    • Identify a series of prompts to encourage students to use graphophonic, semantic, or syntactic cues.
    • Explore assessment tools for evaluating phonemic awareness and phonics skills.

    Building Vocabulary

    • 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/aural development.
    • Explore assessment tools for evaluating vocabulary.

    The Nature of Reading in Today's Learning Environment

    • Contrast the major theories of cognitive development and of reading.
    • Review state language arts standards.
    • 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.
    • Examine the integration of language arts with other areas of the curriculum.
    • Examine K-8 reading content as outlined in the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) and the reading/language arts content standards.

    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.
    • Use case studies to determine diagnostic course of action.

    Building Comprehension

    • Identify major comprehension strategies.
    • Identify methods for teaching and for reinforcing metacognitive awareness.
    • Plan a guided reading activity or a directed reading-thinking activity.
    • Investigate progressive cloze procedures to foster comprehension.
    • 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.
    • Examine the value of reading aloud to, with, and by children in a shared reading lesson.

    Teaching 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.
    • Explore the concept of writing as part of emergent literacy.
    • Define the steps of the writing process.
    • Compare the stages of the reading and writing processes.
    • Explain the concept of writing as part of emergent literacy.
    • Explore the use of the Six Trait Writing rubric in the writing process.

    Reading Fluency

    • Define reading fluency.
    • Identify methods for improving reading fluency.
    • Explore assessment tools for evaluating reading fluency.
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