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EDUC552 - Inclusive Literacy Strategies

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC552 Course ID: 3809 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines best practices in literacy instruction. The course exposes candidates to research-based strategies that can be used with a variety of diverse learners at all levels of text acquisition. It focuses on planning appropriate curriculum before, during, and after students are engaged in a text. The course is designed to give candidates a sound understanding of the most important factors affecting student learning today. NOTE: You may NOT take EDUC552 if you have taken EDUC551

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 03/28/21 Fall 2020 Session C 16 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 06/20/21 Winter 2021 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

1. Select and implement good literature to teach comprehension and enhance understanding.
2. Acquire a sound understanding of best practices in classroom instruction.
3. Design, plan, and implement reading strategies that employ a combination of materials and activities to meet the needs of students in whole groups, flexible small groups, and working independently.
4. Plan activities for three stages of text exploration:
• Before reading
• During reading
• After reading
5. Implement academic standards for reading in the classroom.
6. Expose students to a wide variety of children’s literature.
7. Establish a learning environment where children are free to communicate their feelings, experiences, and ideas.
8. Discuss the needs of a culturally and linguistically diverse student population.
9. Provide culturally responsive instruction designed to develop independent, strategic, motivated readers.
10. Maintain accurate and useful records and student work samples and communicate student progress to parents, appropriate staff, and students.
11. Assemble a literacy binder of strategies to be used before, during, and after text exposure to strengthen student learning and understanding.

Yopp, R. H., & Yopp, H. K. (2001). Literature-based reading activities. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Harvey,S., & Goudvis, A.(2000). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension to enhance understanding. Stenhouse Publishers.

Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollock, J. E. (2005). Classroom instruction that works: Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Meltzer, J., & Hamann, E. T. (2005). Meeting the literacy development needs of adolescent English language learners through content area learning: Classroom teaching and learning strategies. Providence, RI: Brown University

Star, L. (2002).Technology Integration Made Easy. Retrieved from

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.

Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans

Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy is a comprehensive 2004 report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory's Reading Assessment Database provides information to those seeking reliable reading assessment tools for children in grades Pre-K to 3. Many of the assessments are suitable for higher grades as well.

Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory's Literacy and Language Development Team provides a variety of resources. Many Paths to Literacy and Learning to read and write: a place to start focus on early literacy development. Inquiring Minds addresses literacy in early adolescence. Learners, Language, and Technology suggests how to incorporate technology to promote literacy skills.

The Partnership for Reading published Put Reading First, designed to help teachers apply findings and conclusions from the 2000 report of the National Reading Panel, including analysis and discussion of five areas of reading instruction.

The Lab at Brown provides information and resources on selected education topics, including elementary literacy and adolescent literacy in the content areas, on the Knowledge Loom Web site.

Book Title:Literature-Based Reading Activities: Engaging Students with Literary and Informational Text, 6th ed.
Publication Info:Pearson
Unit Cost:$106.40
Electronic ISBN:9780133358889
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80
Book Title:Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, 2nd ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Dean, Hubbell, Pitler and Stone
Unit Cost:$27.10
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Strategies That Work : Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement, 2nd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Stenhouse Publishers
Author:Harvey, Stephanie / Goudvis, Anne
Unit Cost:$44.07

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.