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Reading And Writing Instructional Strategies For Adolescents

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This course focuses on the most current research for teaching reading and writing to students at the middle and secondary levels. Various comprehension strategies, technology lessons, and assessment techniques are addressed. The connection between reading and writing is analyzed. Critical issues in reading and writing instruction for adolescents are researched and examined.

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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    Comprehension Strategies

    • Compare and contrast the content and structure of narrative and expository texts.
    • Analyze a variety of graphic organizers and instructional techniques that support comprehension and metacognitive strategies.
    • Evaluate pedagogical approaches to vocabulary development.
    • Determine how to implement literary circles and small groups in reading instruction.
    • Analyze methods for improving fluency for middle and high school students.
    • Examine models for pre-reading, guided reading, and post-reading instruction.
    • Examine literal, interpretive, and applied comprehension strategies as implemented in middle and high schools.

    Applied Comprehension Strategies

    • Identify appropriate pre-reading, guided reading, and post-reading activities for a student or group of students from a middle or high school.
    • Analyze appropriate comprehension strategies for a student or a group of students from a middle or high school.
    • Determine strategies to improve reading comprehension for linguistically diverse students and students with special needs.

    Assessments for Reading

    • Examine formative and summative assessments for reading lessons.
    • Compare and contrast standardized reading assessments.
    • Examine methods for analyzing and interpreting student assessment results.

    Technology in the Reading and Writing Classroom

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of software programs and websites for reading and writing.
    • Determine how to utilize technology to communicate through various writing forms.
    • Describe how new forms of technology can be used in reading and writing lessons.

    Evaluating Reading Instruction Materials

    • Analyze methods for evaluating textbooks, technology, trade books, and supplementary materials for reading instruction.

    Writing Instruction

    • Review the writing process.

    • Examine a variety of written forms.
    • Develop writing-to-learn lessons.
    • Analyze the emphasis of applying spelling, grammar, and conventions in the writing process.
    • Analyze how to organize and manage a successful writing program.
    • Utilize various writing assessment tools.

    Critical Issues in Reading

    • Identify other critical issues in reading and writing for adolescents.
    • Analyze the No Child Left Behind Act in relation to reading instruction.
    • Investigate bilingual education laws and their impact on reading instruction for English language learners.
    • Examine reading and writing instruction in alternative schooling programs.
    • Evaluate Response to Intervention.
    • Analyze the relationship between dropout rates and secondary education programs for English language learners.

    Adolescent Reading and Writing Research

    • Analyze the different definitions of literacy.
    • Summarize the history of teaching reading and writing to adolescents.
    • Determine the current trends in teaching reading and writing to adolescents.
    • Examine the state and national standards for grades 7–12 language arts.
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