Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education


READ 536: Teaching Phonics and Word Study: ECE/Elem (1 cr)
Spring 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Hughes - Eastern Oregon University

This course will examine recent research regarding knowledge about how to include word study in a primary/elementary classroom. A specific goal is to increase knowledge about how to teach students to become word solvers. Students will in turn learn to use tools they need to approach new words that are embedded in texts they read and occur in the texts they write. Topics will include phonemic awareness, letter names/sounds, phonics, word walls, and spelling patterns. Many instructional strategies to reach this goal will be examined.
PREREQUISITES Graduate standing. Learners are assumed to be elementary teachers with access to a classroom of students. Teachers enrolling in this course desire to increase their knowledge about literacy and their ability to incorporate into their teaching best practices based on that knowledge.
This is an online Blackboard course. Activities include textbook readings with online discussions; reports; classroom application and summary paper. Participants will:
  • Learn to observe and assess the behavioral evidence that reveals children's knowledge of the symbol system and conventions
  • Be able to share ways of implementing word study in their classroom
  • Examine the teaching of phonics and spelling in a reading/writing classroom
  • Make connections to standards-based instruction, particularly in supporting young word solvers
  • Examine the topics (phonemic awareness, word walls, phonics and spelling patterns) in relation to the relevance of their instruction
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.
1.2 Candidates understand the historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components.
1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students' reading development and achievement.
2.1 Candidates use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
Learners will apply knowledge gained to teaching phonics and word study in their own classrooms.
CORE/ELECTIVE This 1-credit graduate course can be used as an elective in the Literacy Strategies and Methods thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program or the 12-credit Literary Education program, or as a stand-alone course for professional development.

Early childhood and elementary teachers.
Students should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports/papers and classroom-based assignments). 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, including all fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Kristin Johnson, Eastern Oregon University.

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