This course presents scientifically based teaching methods, models, strategies, and approaches for teaching oral and written language skills. The course content provides a foundation for and discusses strategies for best practices in:
- Teaching the five components of reading: comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, phonemic awareness, and decoding/phonics
- Teaching writing and reading to emerging language learners
- The application of personal and cognitive developmental theories
The course project, Work Sample Portfolio Part I: Designing and Implementing Literacy Lessons, allows candidates to implement curriculum they design, integrating pre-assessment information and post-implementation reflection. Candidates prepare lesson plans for teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and vocabulary, and then choose one lesson plan to implement with K-12 students.
This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K - 12 school/district setting.
Course Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate understanding of scientifically based research and effective instructional practices related to K-12 student literacy development in phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, orthography, morphology, vocabulary development, and meaning-based word identification strategies.
- Demonstrate knowledge of K-12 content standards (e.g., Common Core State Standards) in reading.
- Research relationships among reading, writing, oral language, vocabulary development and the structure of standard English.
- Plan and organize reading instruction based on ongoing assessment of K-12 student learning.
- Implement lessons that are designed to address diverse learning needs.
- Create and implement a lesson plan to teach K-12 students to use multiple strategies to recognize and decode words in print.
- Collaborate with a K-12 sponsor to complete a school-based teacher work sample.