An overview of reading and writing theories and processes. Emphasis is placed on developing candidates knowledge and understanding of the linguistic, cognitive, and social foundations of literacy instruction in grades 6-12.
Exploration of a wide variety of genres of children's literature to become more knowledgeable in the ability to select, read, and respond to children's literature. Development of expertise in using children's literature in educational settings and examination of the ways readers interact with texts and each other to make meaning while reading and discussing texts.
Teaching children to read and write through research-based theoretical and instructional approaches; a diversity of resources; and a balanced, integrated, and comprehensive curriculum. Research on literacy acquisition in first and second languages is explored. Procedures, instructional strategies, materials, programs curriculum plans, and assessment techniques for developing readers and writers are investigated.
Teaching children to read and write through theoretical and instructional processes children encounter when learning to read and write in the content areas. Research on the expected acquisition of literacy processes typically found in the preprimary and primary school years are explored. Instructional strategies, materials, programs, and assessment techniques for developing readers and writers are investigated.
The significance of literacy as it relates to all content areas. The focus is on strategies for making any text material more accessible to the student, and attention is given to matching the learner and the learning.
Scaffolding reading and writing development for the young child. Teaching candidates review the essentials of language development and focus on the transition from oral language to initial reading and writing. Effective strategies and materials for nurturing literacy development of children ages 5-7 are emphasized.
Scaffolding reading and writing development of the elementary and middle grades student. Teaching candidates focus on the transition from initial reading and writing to reading and writing in the content areas. Effective strategies and materials for nurturing literacy development in children ages 8-12 are emphasized.
Scaffolding reading and writing development for learners experiencing difficulty. Teaching candidates investigate assessments, strategies, and programs appropriate for children with literacy problems including learners from diverse backgrounds and children with special needs.