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EDUC545 - Reading and Writing in the Elementary School

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC545 Course ID: 2803 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the methods and materials for teaching reading and writing in the elementary school classroom. It includes a review of the research and literature pertaining to the basic concepts underlying reading and writing methods; an introduction to emergent literacy in the elementary classroom, the psychological and linguistic factors that influence the reading and writing process; reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, phonemic awareness, and the use of technology in teaching reading and writing. The course also explores the relationship between reading and writing; strategies for developing listening and speaking skills; reading materials and methods for students with special needs; expository writing; integrating the language arts across all areas of the elementary school curriculum and the effect of current reading process theory on teaching practices. NOTE: You may NOT take EDUC545 if you have taken EDUC551





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 10/20/19 Summer 2019 Session A 16 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify different genres of literature available for children.
  2. Describe the history of children’s literature and the value of literature study for elementary school children.
  3. Discuss criteria for judging the quality and quantity of literature materials in an elementary school classroom.
  4. Develop curriculum and instruction that make productive use of the literacy abilities that children bring to school.
  5. Select children’s literature books for specific, differentiated levels, curriculum needs, and diverse student interests.
  6. Construct a literature-based classroom environment where students can choose, study, and are guided to improve reading comprehension.
  7. Evaluate the application and appropriateness of the various genres in children’s literature for use in an elementary school classroom.
  8. Implement a variety of instructional strategies and methods of teaching language growth, reading, and writing through a broad use of a wide variety of children’s literature in a classroom setting.
  9. Assess a student’s literacy development and provide instruction to meet the needs of all students.
  10. Discuss how children’s literature instruction can represent students who live in a pluralistic society.
  11. Compare and contrast the major theories of reading and writing instruction.
  12. Develop effective instruction that creates a learner-centered classroom that encourages students to communicate effectively.
  13. Describe:
    • Components of a balanced literacy approach to include the relationship among reading, writing, and thought processes
    • Developmental stages of reading and writing
    • Ways to create a literate environment
    • How technology can help students gather information and communicate more effectively
    • Assessment and classroom organization for reading and writing instruction
    • Role of cueing systems
    • Principles of phonics instruction in learning to read and spell
    • Developmental stages of spelling and word study
    • The importance of vocabulary development
  14. Discuss the needs of a culturally and linguistically diverse student population.
  15. Provide culturally responsive instruction designed to develop independent, strategic, motivated readers and writers.
  16. Design, plan, and implement reading and writing instruction that employs a dynamic flexible small groups, and independently.
  17. Design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology.
  18. Use computers and the internet to teach writing, reading and communication skills.
  19. Implement academic standards for reading and writing in the classroom.
  20. Assemble a list of appropriate trade books from all instructional levels that can be used as models for student learning.
  21. Maintain accurate and useful records and student work samples and communicate student progress to parents, appropriate staff, and students.

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university`s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Book Adventure

http://www.bookadventure.org/

Booklists by Grade Level

http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/!ls/library/kids/kidsgrade.html

Carol Hurst's Information About Books

http://www.carolhurst.com/

Children' s Book Council

http://www.cbcbooks.org/

Education Place

http://www.eduplace.com/

Great Books for Boys

http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/promos/greatbooks/boys/booklist.html

Great Books for Girls

http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/promos/greatbooks/girls/booklist.html

lntercultural Classroom Connection

http://www.iecc.org/

International Reading Association

http://www.reading.org/

Issues in Literacy Development

http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/res/literacy/

Library of Congress

http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/

Literature Index

http://members.aol.com/DonnAnCiv/Literature.html

Literature Learning Ladders

http://eduscapes.com/ladders/index.html

National Council of Teachers of English

http://www.ncte.org/

NCTE and IRA Standards

http://www.ncte.org/about/over/standards/110846.htm

NICHD Publications on Reading

http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubskey.cfm?from=reading

No Child Left Behind

http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml

Notable Books for a Global Society

http://www.csulb.edu/org/childrens-lit/proj/nbgs/intro-nbgs.html

Paradigm Writing Assistant

http://www.powa.orgI

Teachers Net

http://www.teachers.net/

Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans

http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Lesson Plans/Literature Activities/

Teaching Methods

http://www.mhhe.com/socscienceIeducationImethods/resources.html#subject

Book Title:Literature and the Child, 8th ed.
ISBN:9781133602071
Publication Info:Cengage
Author:Galda/Sipe/Liang/Cullinan
Unit Cost:$296.02
Book Title:ACP Language Arts: Learning & Teaching w/CD
ISBN:9780495481850
Author:Strickland/Galda/Cullinan
Unit Cost:$267.02
Book Title:Knowledge to Support Teaching of Read.
ISBN:9780787974657
Publication Info:Jossey-Bass, Inc.
Author:Snow
Unit Cost:$40.60
Book Title:Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, 2nd ed. (if you have the 1st edition of this title (9780435088637), you are not required to purchase this new edition)
ISBN:9780325086842
Publication Info:Heinemann
Author:Fountas, I. and Pinnell, G.
Unit Cost:$66.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.