COURSE: 55-524 Methods of Early Reading and Literacy Instruction P-3 (3)|
This course introduces the candidate to the teaching and learning processes associated with scientifically based research reading practices in P-3 elementary classrooms and will emphasize the scientific foundations of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension strategies. Developmental stages of learning to read and write, interactive teaching strategies, and instructional materials, methods and assessments will be presented and practiced. Emphasis will be placed on development of the knowledge base needed to assist beginning teachers in making insightful, data-driven decisions regarding their objectives and practices. Updated information on current trends, literature, technology, research, Illinois State Standards and common core standards will be emphasized. Classroom literacy interventions including progress monitoring in accordance with Response to Intervention (RTI) mandate will be practiced for students at risk of reading failure. Methods of differentiating instruction and assessment to meet the needs of all students including ELL, struggling learners, and already proficient learners are included. Current multi-cultural children’s literature will be used in simulated classroom teaching experiences. Field based experiences will provide opportunities for students to connect teaching theory with classroom practice. Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to successfully plan and implement strategies taught in this course.Prerequisite: Consent of M.A Elementary Education Director.