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Reading In The Content Area

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This course focuses on the most current research on the design, delivery, and assessment of content-based literacy strategies in single-subject classrooms at the middle and high school levels. Foundations and trends in content area literacy, academic language strategies, disciplinary reading and writing strategies, and inquiry-based strategies are addressed in this course. The integration of new literacies and technology into content area instruction, strategies for effectively studying texts, approaches to lesson and unit planning, and benefits of collaborative learning are explored. Candidates use this knowledge to prepare a comprehensive content area literacy unit at the end of the course.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Foundations and Trends of Content Area Literacy

    • Identify characteristics of effective teaching in content area literacy.
    • Analyze the importance of adolescent literacy in 21st-century society.
    • Identify trends in literacy for your discipline, including the new literacies of the 21st century.
    • Use interdisciplinary themes to develop diverse social and cultural perspectives and promote content area literacy.
    • Identify methods for integrating local and global issues awareness across disciplines.
    • Describe typical signs and symptoms of dyslexia in secondary-age students.

    Assessing Students; Planning Instruction

    • Evaluate appropriate formative and summative assessments that assess student interest, prior knowledge, present level of understanding, and application of learning.
    • Identify tools and strategies for assessing the complexity, appropriateness, interest, and accessibility of content area texts.
    • Evaluate strategies for incorporating short- and long-term planning across disciplines as a means of assuring student learning.
    • Describe best practices in planning and designing instruction that actively engage students in literacy- and subject-related activities.
    • Plan study units that incorporate instructional activities to connect literacy and learning and explore the interrelatedness of content.

    Academic Language: Building Vocabulary by Discipline

    • Integrate academic language appropriate for your content area into your lesson planning.
    • Evaluate methods of applying word knowledge and promote independent word learning of discipline-specific vocabulary.
    • Examine the use of language supports in content lessons to promote learning for diverse learners.
    • Incorporate structures and tools for discipline-specific academic language instruction into your lesson planning.

    Disciplinary Reading Strategies and Inquiry-Based Strategies

    • Identify pre-reading strategies that activate prior knowledge and raise interest in a subject or topic.
    • Evaluate the use of reading strategies to guide learners to understand, question, and analyze knowledge, skills, and abilities that are central to your discipline.
    • Adapt instructional strategies that support thinking and learning with text to fit your content area.
    • Justify the use of interdisciplinary connections to analyze ideas from diverse perspectives and promote learners’ achievement of content standards.
    • Justify the use of inquiry-based instructional methods to enhance learning and literacy in the content area.

    Disciplinary Writing Strategies and Studying Text

    • Analyze the importance of integrating reading and writing across the curriculum.
    • Differentiate between writing-to-learn activities and writing in the disciplines.
    • Evaluate the use of the writing process to guide learners to understand, question, and analyze the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are central to your discipline.
    • Integrate strategies for engaging learners in the assessment of writing, including identifying quality work, applying feedback, and setting individual goals.
    • Evaluate frameworks, procedures, and strategies that support students in effectively studying texts.

    New Literacies and Technology Integration; Collaboration

    • Describe characteristics of new literacies and how they differ from traditional views of reading and writing.
    • Justify technology integration to promote literacy growth across disciplines.
    • Incorporate technology tools and strategies for using new literacies into content area lesson planning.
    • Identify ways to collaborate with colleagues to promote academic language use, interdisciplinary connections, and a common culture that supports high expectations for students.
    • Evaluate strategies for student-to-student and student-to-teacher collaboration to enhance learning and literacy in the content area.
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