rdng507 | Graduate
Content Area Reading And Writing For Elementary
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Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
- Evaluate content area trade books, texts, and non-text materials for readability level, appropriateness, interest, and accessibility.
- Identify approaches to content area reading and writing assessment that align with state standards and current legislation.
- Evaluate criteria for determining the effectiveness of reading and writing methods for student engagement, interest, and understanding in content area classrooms.
- Propose strategies for activating, reinforcing, and extending studentsâ knowledge in content area vocabulary.
- Create effective and engaging writing assignments as a response to content area reading and as a way to showcase content area learning.
- Evaluate appropriate measures to assess student writing and to document student development in content area writing tasks.
- Examine ways to integrate reading and writing in the content areas.
- Identify effective strategies that target writing to learn (WTL) and writing in disciplines (WID) in content area classrooms.
Comprehension Strategies and Study Skills in the Content Areas
- Identify key components of explicit and functional strategy instruction and the role they both play in content area instruction.
- Evaluate strategies for activating and building on childrenâs prior knowledge and interest related to content areas.
- Identify approaches to lesson and unit planning for content area classrooms.
- Analyze best practices for teaching students how to comprehend and think critically about content area texts.
- Evaluate strategies that teach students study skills for content area texts.
Childrenâ s Literature, Technology, and Media in the Content Areas
- Examine the role that childrenâs literature plays in content area instruction.
- Evaluate ways to integrate new literacies and multi-literacies into content area instruction.
- Identify critical issues related to studentsâ use of the Internet for research, reading, and writing.
- Identify appropriate websites, software, and effective media tools for use by teachers and by elementary students in the content areas.
- Analyze childrenâs literature, media, and technology tools for inclusion of multicultural and multi-language content.
Guiding Principles of Content Area Reading and Writing Development
- Analyze critical issues regarding content area reading and writing instruction and learning.
- Identify characteristics of effective literacy teachers.
- Analyze the role that content area reading and writing plays in a 21st century world.
- Examine content area literacy standards.
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