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Number:ED315
Name:Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades
Description:This course introduces students to theory and practice necessary to develop independent reading skills in children in grades K-3. Topics include language development and early literacy, reading readiness, using assessment to inform instruction, and decoding and comprehension. In addition, students become familiar with current trends in reading instruction such as phonemic awareness and whole language, to create and manage a balanced literacy program.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):Every fall semester
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s): ED122
ED322
PY336
and cumulative gpa of 2.5; passing scores on all three parts of Praxis I

Course Objectives

To become aware of the value of literature for all children
To gain knowledge about the availability of literature for children
To examine the image of women and men in literature for children.
To become aware of sexism and racism in content and language
"To examine children's literature for the treatment of racial, ethnic, and religious groups.
Read books that depict different cultures and reflect on how the main characters are different from or similar to us.
To become aware of the resources for teachers that will help them select and evaluate literature for children by using checklists as criteria for evaluating nonfiction and multicultural children's literature.
"To plan and evaluate the language arts activities (listening, reading, speaking and writing activities) that will promote attitudes of diversity and equality.
"To consider information books for children as they relate to learning to read in the content areas by locating books (fiction, nonfictions, or a combination) that could be used to help children understand science, social studies or math concepts.
To consider techniques by which literature for children can be used to develop children's critical reading abilities (example: sharing stories with the class on a plan they have developed using a prop or puppet
To observe how their placement fosters literacy and an appreciation of literature in children
"To read versions of the same store (e.g., Cinderella, The Mitten) and compare how they are similar and how they are different.
To observe a storyteller at a local library and observe and record how the reader or storyteller maintains the children's attention
To use a computer search engine and identify three web sites that are particularly helpful for your interests/grade level and share them with the class
To compare a movie or TV version with a print version and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each
"To identify some important places that could be used as an appropriate destination for a field trip and identify at least three books to be used before, during and/or after the field trip in order to enhance the experience.
To set up a literature circle.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
F 2012 Daily Five : Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementa 1-57110-429-1 Boushey, Gail / Mose 2006 Stenhouse Publishers
F 2012 New Essentials for Teaching Reading 0-439-62368-5 Moore 2005 Scholastic, Inc.
F 2012 Shaping Literate Minds : Developing Self-Regulated Learners 1-57110-338-4 Dorn, Linda J. / Sof 2001 Stenhouse Publishers
F 2011 DAILY FIVE 1-57110-429-1 BOUSHEY STENHOUSE
F 2011 NEW ESSENTIALS FOR TEACHI 0-439-62368-5 MOORE SCH010
F 2011 SHAPING LITERATE MINDS 1-57110-338-4 DORN STENHOUSE
F 2010 DAILY FIVE 1-57110-429-1 BOUSHEY STENHOUSE
F 2010 NEW ESSENTIALS FOR TEACHI 0-439-62368-5 MOORE SCH010
F 2010 SHAPING LITERATE MINDS 1-57110-338-4 DORN STENHOUSE
F 2009 NEW ESSENTIALS FOR TEACHI 0-439-62368-5 MOORE SCHOLASTIC INC.
F 2009 SHAPING LITERATE MINDS 1-57110-338-4 DORN STENHOUSE PUBLISHERS
F 2009 STARTING OUT RIGHT A GUID 0-309-06419-4 BURNS NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
F 2008 NEW ESSENTIALS FOR TEACHI 0-439-62368-5 MOORE SCHOLASTIC INC.
F 2008 SHAPING LITERATE MINDS 1-57110-338-4 DORN STENHOUSE PUBLISHERS
F 2008 STARTING OUT RIGHT 0-309-06410-4 NATIONAL RESEAR NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
F 2005 "CHILDREN'S LITERATURE JACOBS BRIEFLY-
F 2003 Through the Eyes of a Child 013042207X Norton 6 Prentice Hall
Thomas College. Beyond Education.