Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Blackboard)

READ 513: Foundations of Literacy for Middle/High School Teachers
Winter 2014
Spring 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Fall 2006, 2007, 2008
Winter 2014 (01/06/14 - 03/21/14)

Dr. Aimee Alexander-Shea, Eastern Oregon University

This graduate-level course introduces teachers to the foundations of literacy for middle and high school students. Learners will explore the factors that influence literacy learning and analyze core understandings about the nature of reading and reading for understanding in the content areas. Students will explore the variety of ways that students learn and will create a variety of meaningful classroom literacy activities, materials, and resources.
PREREQUISITES Graduate standing. It is assumed that all participants in this course have access to a middle/high school-level classroom where they can conduct observations as well as incorporate the literacy strategies we discuss in this class.
Textbook readings with posted reflections; posting to whole class discussion forums; providing feedback to other learners; keeping a theory-into-practice reflection log, and final research article review project.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
1.1 Candidates understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students' reading development and achievement.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
3.1 Candidates understand types of assessments and their purposes, strengths, and limitations.
4.1 Candidates recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.
Learners will apply an understanding of the ways that students learn to develop a variety of meaningful classroom literacy activities, materials, and resources. Learners will also keep a "theory into practice" reflection log that demonstrates how the application of the theories and instructional practices learned in the course impacts work with their students. Lessons learned are shared with classmates so that teachers have ample opportunity to learn from fellow teachers.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as a core or elective course in the Literacy Foundations thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Aimee Alexander-Shea, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Eastern Oregon University. K-12 teaching: 2 years as elementary teacher, 1 year as reading resource specialist. College-level teaching: 12 years. (BA and M.Ed., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of South Florida.)
Middle school and high school teachers and those seeking a Reading Specialist endorsement.
Students should expect to spend approximately 9 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing classroom-based assignments and final project). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK Textbook(s) are required for this course. You will find the textbook listed in the syllabus that is posted online at the EOU website or you may contact the instructor. For most classes, the EOU Bookstore will be a source for the textbook.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit.
CONTACT(S) For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Alexander-Shea at

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