COURSE: 05-471 Methods of Teaching Intermediate Literacy Instruction, 4-9 (3)
This course examines the theories and practices appropriate for research-based reading and language arts instruction and assessment at the intermediate and middle school levels (4-9) and is based in large part on the findings of the National Reading Panel. The emphasis is on learning and applying scientifically-based reading theories as a foundation for sound instruction and assessment decisions that will result in all students achieving proficiency with both reading and writing. Phonemic awareness and phonics (emphasized in the pre-requisite 05-353 course) will be reviewed and practiced. This course emphasizes strategies for developing fluency, expanding vocabulary, and comprehension such that students in the middle and upper grades can effectively construct meaning across genres and content areas. Effective reading and writing instructional strategies based on data driven assessments, including those that address the specific needs of second language learners, high proficiency, and struggling readers (including Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies) are modeled and practiced. Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to successfully plan and implement strategies taught in this course. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor; 05-240 and 05-353. Offered: Every semester.