This course focuses on methods and materials for teaching diverse elementary children to read and write well in various content areas. Participants examine current critical issues affecting content area reading and writing, including state and national assessments. Effective reading and writing strategies, vocabulary development, and technology tools, media, and print materials used to enhance children's reading and writing in the content areas are also explored.
This graduate course is 4 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.
Topics and Objectives
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.
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.
- 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 students’ 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 children’s 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.
Children’s Literature, Technology, and Media in the Content Areas
- Examine the role that children’s literature plays in content area instruction.
- Evaluate ways to integrate new literacies and multi-literacies into content area instruction.
- Identify critical issues related to students’ 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 children’s literature, media, and technology tools for inclusion of multicultural and multi-language content.
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