rdg558 | Graduate

Secondary Content Area Literacy

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This course focuses on implementing principles, and instructional strategies for comprehensive instruction of content-based literacy strategies in single-subject classrooms. Emphasis is placed on development of literacy throughout all content areas; designing and differentiating curriculum; showcasing literacy through speech, writing, listening, and reading; incorporating new literacies and assessment. Candidates use this knowledge to prepare a comprehensive content area lesson plan. This course incorporates required guided field experience based on work in a single-subject content-area classroom.

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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    Foundations of Disciplinary Literacy

    • Examine the content and milestones for the literacy standards.
    • Describe disciplinary-based literacy.
    • Explain the role of the content-based teacher in teaching literacy.
    • Describe how the English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA-ELD) Framework supports the acquisition of California literacy standards for students.

    Instructional Planning and Design

    • Examine content standards for reading, writing, written, and oral language.
    • Explore the use of collaborative activities in the classroom to encourage engagement and support content comprehension.
    • Explain a variety of instructional strategies to support student learning.
    • Describe how to differentiate content, process, or product to support diverse learners' access to core content.

    Instructional Delivery - Reading

    • Explore the structures and features of various types of texts and their impact on reading comprehension of informational text.
    • Evaluate the use of prior knowledge, pre-reading, guided reading, post-reading strategies, and vocabulary development in the content area classroom.
    • Incorporate the use of critical reading and thinking strategies in the content area classroom through the evaluation of literature, trade books, technology, and other resources for instructional use.

    Instructional Delivery - Writing

    • Analyze the elements of writing instruction for grades 6–8 and 9–12: strategies and applications including development, organization, style-appropriate to task, and audience.
    • Integrate written English language conventions into teaching and learning.
    • Analyze the purpose of and teachings strategies for different writing genres (argument, informative, narrative).
    • Describe how the reading and writing processes conjointly contribute to instructional delivery.

    Listening and Speaking Strategies

    • Analyze the speaking and listening standards in grades 6-8 or 9-12.
    • Integrate oral English language conventions into teaching and learning.
    • Evaluate effective listening strategies.
    • Examine methods and strategies that demonstrate students’ ability to articulate and support their perspective.

    Assessment & Universal Access

    • Describe the relationship between formal and informal assessment and instruction.
    • Analyze and interpret assessment results for use in instructional planning and delivery.
    • Describe what is meant by the full range of learners in the single-subject classroom.
    • Discuss the use of assessment results in providing universal access to the reading and language arts across all content areas.
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