rdg556 | Graduate
Elements Of Literacy Content And Pedagogical Knowledge
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Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, and Writing Skills
- Identify methods and approaches for phonics, letter recognition, and spelling instruction for a diverse audience.
- Examine the role that the printed letter, sight words, spelling, and writing have on reading development.
- Illustrate the connection between reading and writing instruction.
- Differentiate between phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, and phonics.
Role of Fluency in Proficient Readers
- Explain the transition from word decoding to fluency.
- Analyze the relationship between fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
- Describe strategies for improving critical thinking for reading comprehension.
- Examine strategies for promoting oral reading fluency to a diverse audience.
- Analyze the significance of parental support and involvement in reading development.
Foundations of Literacy Instruction
- Describe how each language literacy domain (speaking, reading, listening, writing) is interwoven into an effective literacy development program.
- Examine how the English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA-ELD) Framework provides practical examples of the 5 key themes of English language arts.
- Determine how physical, psychological, and environmental factors impact literacy instruction.
- Examine your own perspective and philosophy on teaching literacy in todayâs society.
Comprehension and Assessment
- Explore the structures and features of a various types of texts and their impact on reading comprehension.
- Describe how formative assessment is used to improve reading comprehension.
- Explain the use of assessments throughout the learning process to monitor and adapt the progress of reading development.
- Explain the role of questioning in reading comprehension.
- Explain the benefits of using pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading activities for reading instruction.
Literacy Integration and New Literacies
- Explain the importance of literature, technology, and other resources for instructional use.
- Describe how the arts enhance all childrenâs literacy development.
- Determine how integration of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in all content areas builds critical thinking and overall literacy.
- Define new literacies and their role in the K-8 classroom.
Universal Access and Differentiated Instruction
- Explain the importance of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment when providing differentiated instruction.
- Explain the importance of incorporating multiple instructional methods, tools, and content topics for creating thoughtful readers.
- Implement instructional planning and delivery strategies for diverse learners, including gifted and talented, English language learners, and students with other special learning needs.
Vocabulary, Academic Language, and Background Knowledge
- Define what constitutes academic language.
- Explain the role of vocabulary and background knowledge in reading development.
- Propose different types of exercises used to promote reading development.
- Examine strategies for promoting vocabulary, academic language, and background knowledge to a diverse audience.
Planning for Literacy Learning Instruction for Diverse Populations
- Investigate theories and principles on which differentiated literacy instruction is based (UDL, MTSS, RTI).
- Examine instructional approaches for the teaching of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
- Analyze the role of language; second language learning, non-standard English; and dialects in learning to read and write.
- Explain foundational skills as they apply to grades Kâ3 and 4â8 reading and language arts instruction.
- Investigate methods to assess and monitor learning through data-based decisions.
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