Reading & Writing in Content Area
Instructor Name: Dr. Pamela Bernards
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This course offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write.
This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer. Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.
Course Materials (Online)
Title: Reading & Writing in Content Area
Instructor: Dr. Pamela Bernards, Ed.D.
Publisher: Virtual Education Software, inc. 2012, Revised 2015
Academic work submitted by the individual (such as papers, assignments, reports, tests) shall be the student’s own work or appropriately attributed, in part or in whole, to its correct source. Submission of commercially prepared (or group prepared) materials as if they are one’s own work is unacceptable.
Aiding Honesty in Others
The individual will encourage honesty in others by refraining from providing materials or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.
Violations of these academic standards will result in the assignment of a failing grade and subsequent loss of credit for the course.
This course is designed to be an informational course with application to work or work-related settings. The reading and writing strategies were designed to be used in the context of teaching content such as mathematics, science, physical education, and history.
Students will demonstrate proficiency in the following performance standards:
1. Identifying various reading skills.
2. Identifying and discussing factors that contribute to reading failure.
3. Describing and implementing approaches to improve comprehension skills.
4. Identifying methods for vocabulary development.
5. Developing reasonable instructional goals for the content reader.
6. Stressing the acquisition of reading and writing skills across the curriculum.
7. Summarizing research for the teaching of reading and writing at the secondary level.
8. Providing methods for the teaching of skills using technology resources.
9. Using specific methods for dealing with reading and writing problems.
The course Reading & Writing in Content Area has been divided into four chapters. This course will provide information on such issues as recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards.
The first chapter is an overview of theories of teaching adolescents and language acquisition. The second, third, and fourth chapters discuss current theory regarding the teaching of reading, including phonics, fluency, and motivation. In addition to the theory, these chapters challenge the learner to use specific teaching reading strategies. Strategies are given with step-by-step directions for a teacher to integrate into curriculum the next day.
These four chapters should give you an understanding of the various strategies with step-by-step teaching techniques to successfully integrate reading into your daily content teaching.
After you have completed each chapter of the course, an examination will be used to evaluate your knowledge and ability to apply what you’ve learned.
As a student you will be expected to:
· Complete all four information sections showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.
· Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented. You must obtain an overall score of 70% or higher, with no individual exam score below 50%, to pass this course. *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
· Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 50%.
· Retake any examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 50%, making sure to also be achieving an overall exam score of a minimum 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
· Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
Chapter 1: Reading & Writing as a Process
This chapter discusses theorists such as Piaget and how their research is applicable to teaching adolescents. This chapter will also provide an overview of language acquisition theories. The “big picture” of integrating reading into content areas is the main focus.
Chapter 2: Reading/Writing Environment, Materials, Instruction
This chapter discusses motivational theory and techniques and connecting reading to students’ lives. The main focus of this chapter is on strategies such as Inquiry Questions, Questioning the Author, Editor Interview, and Socratic Seminars.
Chapter 3: Reading/Writing Comprehension
This chapter discusses characteristics of good readers. The main focus of this chapter is on strategies such as an Anticipation Guide, DRT, KWL, DIA, and SQ3R.
Chapter 4: Vocabulary & Assessment
This chapter discusses the importance of teaching vocabulary within the context of a content area. The main focus of this chapter is on Word Maps, Semantic Maps, Discussion Webs, RAFT, Concept Maps and the Frayer Model. This chapter also discusses informal assessment of readers and of curriculum. Other areas of focus for this chapter include the use of Reading Inventories, GRI, and Cloze.
At the end of each chapter, you will be expected to complete an examination designed to assess your knowledge. You may take these exams a total of three times. Your last score will save, not the highest score. After your third attempt, each examination will lock and not allow further access. Your final grade for the course will be determined by calculating an average score of all exams. This score will be printed on your final certificate. As this is a self-paced computerized instruction program, you may review course information as often as necessary. You will not be able to exit any examinations until you have answered all questions. If you try to exit the exam before you complete all questions, your information will be lost. You are expected to complete the entire exam in one sitting.
Pamela Bernards has 34 years of combined experience in diverse PK-8, high school, and higher education settings as a teacher and an administrator. In addition to these responsibilities, she was the founding director of a K-8 after-school care program and founder of a pre-school program for infants to 4-year-olds. The schools she served as a principal and as a curriculum coordinator were named U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Her areas of interest include curriculum, research-based teaching practices, staff development, assessment, data-driven instruction, and instructional intervention (remediation and gifted/talented). She received a doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. She currently serves as the Director of Professional Development for the National Catholic Educational Association.
You may contact the instructor by emailing Pamela Bernards at email@example.com or calling her at (509) 891-7219 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST. Phone messages will be answered within 24 hours. Phone conferences will be limited to ten minutes per student, per day, given that this is a self-paced instructional program. Please do not contact the instructor about technical problems, course glitches, or other issues that involve the operation of the course.
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Refer to the addendum regarding Grading Criteria, Course Completion Information, Items to be Submitted and how to submit your completed information. The addendum will also note any additional course assignments that you may be required to complete that are not listed in this syllabus.
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