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EDUC545 - Reading and Writing in the Elementary School

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC545 Course ID: 2803 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the methods and materials for teaching reading and writing in the elementary school classroom. It includes a review of the research and literature pertaining to the basic concepts underlying reading and writing methods; an introduction to emergent literacy in the elementary classroom, the psychological and linguistic factors that influence the reading and writing process; reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, phonemic awareness, and the use of technology in teaching reading and writing. The course also explores the relationship between reading and writing; strategies for developing listening and speaking skills; reading materials and methods for students with special needs; expository writing; integrating the language arts across all areas of the elementary school curriculum and the effect of current reading process theory on teaching practices. NOTE: You may NOT take EDUC545 if you have taken EDUC551

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 01/24/21 Fall 2020 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify different genres of literature available for children.
  2. Describe the history of children’s literature and the value of literature study for elementary school children.
  3. Discuss criteria for judging the quality and quantity of literature materials in an elementary school classroom.
  4. Develop curriculum and instruction that make productive use of the literacy abilities that children bring to school.
  5. Select children’s literature books for specific, differentiated levels, curriculum needs, and diverse student interests.
  6. Construct a literature-based classroom environment where students can choose, study, and are guided to improve reading comprehension.
  7. Evaluate the application and appropriateness of the various genres in children’s literature for use in an elementary school classroom.
  8. Implement a variety of instructional strategies and methods of teaching language growth, reading, and writing through a broad use of a wide variety of children’s literature in a classroom setting.
  9. Assess a student’s literacy development and provide instruction to meet the needs of all students.
  10. Discuss how children’s literature instruction can represent students who live in a pluralistic society.
  11. Compare and contrast the major theories of reading and writing instruction.
  12. Develop effective instruction that creates a learner-centered classroom that encourages students to communicate effectively.
  13. Describe:
    • Components of a balanced literacy approach to include the relationship among reading, writing, and thought processes
    • Developmental stages of reading and writing
    • Ways to create a literate environment
    • How technology can help students gather information and communicate more effectively
    • Assessment and classroom organization for reading and writing instruction
    • Role of cueing systems
    • Principles of phonics instruction in learning to read and spell
    • Developmental stages of spelling and word study
    • The importance of vocabulary development
  14. Discuss the needs of a culturally and linguistically diverse student population.
  15. Provide culturally responsive instruction designed to develop independent, strategic, motivated readers and writers.
  16. Design, plan, and implement reading and writing instruction that employs a dynamic flexible small groups, and independently.
  17. Design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology.
  18. Use computers and the internet to teach writing, reading and communication skills.
  19. Implement academic standards for reading and writing in the classroom.
  20. Assemble a list of appropriate trade books from all instructional levels that can be used as models for student learning.
  21. Maintain accurate and useful records and student work samples and communicate student progress to parents, appropriate staff, and students.

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university`s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Book Adventure

Booklists by Grade Level!ls/library/kids/kidsgrade.html

Carol Hurst's Information About Books

Children' s Book Council

Education Place

Great Books for Boys

Great Books for Girls

lntercultural Classroom Connection

International Reading Association

Issues in Literacy Development

Library of Congress

Literature Index

Literature Learning Ladders

National Council of Teachers of English

NCTE and IRA Standards

NICHD Publications on Reading

No Child Left Behind

Notable Books for a Global Society

Paradigm Writing Assistant


Teachers Net

Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans Plans/Literature Activities/

Teaching Methods

Book Title:Literature and the Child, 8th ed.
Publication Info:Cengage
Unit Cost:$296.02
Electronic ISBN:9781285983172
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
Book Title:ACP Language Arts: Learning & Teaching w/CD
Unit Cost:$267.02
Book Title:Knowledge to Support Teaching of Reading: Preparing Teachers for a Changing World
Publication Info:Jossey-Bass, Inc.
Unit Cost:$40.60
Book Title:Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, 2nd ed. (if you have the 1st edition of this title (9780435088637), you are not required to purchase this new edition)
Publication Info:Heinemann
Author:Fountas, I. and Pinnell, G.
Unit Cost:$66.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.