Reading Methods: Secondary
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Reading Methods: Secondary
Course level: Continuing Teacher Education
This course emphasizes literacy and learning in grades 6-12. Various influences on reading and writing are analyzed, including new literacies, information and communication technologies, diversity, schema, resources, and student skill level. Participants examine state and national standards, instructional strategies, active engagement techniques, fluency, vocabulary development, and assessment. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Examine literacy as a dynamic, evolving, multidimensional, social concept for diverse learners.
- Define thinking and learning within the context of reading comprehension.
- Relate information and communication technologies and new literacies to reading, writing, and learning.
- Analyze techniques for establishing a multitext, literacy-rich, culturally responsive classroom environment.
Assessing Literacy and Learning
- Analyze formal, informal, and authentic approaches to assessment.
- Align curriculum to state and national standards in literacy and other content areas.
- Evaluate instructional and assessment materials, such as graphic organizers, portfolios, checklists, rubrics, and reading inventories, for difficulty, relevance, structural organization, and readability.
- Examine various forms of response to intervention (RTI) used in secondary settings.
Schema, Interest, and Strategy Instruction
- Compare the teacher’s role in functional and in explicit dimensions of content area literacy.
- Apply strategies to help diverse learners activate prior knowledge and comprehend content.
- Apply methods for building on a student’s schema and interest in pre-, guided, and post-reading activities.
Vocabulary and Concept Development; Writing in the Content Areas
- Examine techniques for developing vocabulary concepts and strategies.
- Determine how to develop vocabulary and concepts in response to diverse student needs.
- Explore various concepts for reinforcing and extending vocabulary development and knowledge.
- Identify opportunities for integrating dynamic writing and reading.
- Determine instructional activities to promote writing-to-learn (WTL) across curriculum and content lines.
- Define reading and writing as a composing process.