Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Desire to Learn!)

READ 530: Reading and Composition in Content Areas: Gr 5-12 (3-cr)
Winter & Summer 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Summer 2003, 2012, 2013
Summer 2013

Megan Owens – Portland State University

Learners will explore literacy strategies in order to guide their students in acquiring skills needed for adequate reading, thinking, writing, and study in content areas. Emphasis is on the functional teaching of reading and writing including designing and preparing materials to use with curriculum materials in all school subjects.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to elementary and/or secondary students.
Fully online delivery using D2L. No face-to face interactions. Course readings, discussion board, threaded discussion, providing responses on selected topics and exercises to share with one another.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professionals (2010):
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
2.3 Candidates use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
4.2 Candidates use a literacy curriculum and engage in instructional practices that positively impact students' knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity.
Course will enable the learner to develop instructional literacy materials for use in their own classroom as well as develop professional development skills as a potential reading specialist.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as a core or elective course in the Literacy Strategies & Methods thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
INSTRUCTOR Megan Owens, Adjunct professor, Portland State University Graduate School of Education as well as middle school teacher, Stoller Middle School, Beaverton School District since 1987 (BA, M.Ed., Portland State University).
Upper elementary, middle school and high school teachers and those seeking a Reading Specialist endorsement.
Students should expect to spend approximately 22 hours per week for 4 weeks (summer) OR 9 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written and teacher's classroom-based assignment). 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 A textbook is required for this course. Please check with PSU's ReadOregon program.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Megan Owens (instructor) or Elizabeth Snyder (PSU program coordinator) at Portland State University.


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