Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ED 563: Literacy in Content Areas, Gr. 4-12 (2 credits)
Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Fall 2013
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Dr. Phillip Hofmann, Eastern Oregon University

This course covers the teaching of reading and writing within a specific discipline (4-12). The course is based on general knowledge about reading but extended to meet the needs within a specific content area discipline of a student's choice. Students will study the background of literacy education, second language and cultural challenges in literacy education, literacy lesson planning, vocabulary, guiding student reading and student outcomes, reinforcing and extending reading and learning, and literacy techniques for enhancing understanding and attitudes.
PREREQUISITES Graduate standing. There are no other required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to uppper elementary, middle, or high school students.
Textbook reading assignments, discussion board entries, final application project. Upon completion of the course, students can:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of reading as the process of constructing meaning through the interaction of the reader's existing knowledge, the information suggested by the written language, and the context of the reading situation
  • Teach students to make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections
  • Model questioning strategies
  • Teach students to connect prior knowledge with new information
  • Teach student's strategies for monitoring their own comprehension
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
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.
2.3 Candidates use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
5.3 Candidates use routines to support reading and writing instruction (e.g., time allocation, transitions from one activity to another, discussions, and peer feedback).
As a final project, students will create the outline of a program for readers and writers in a particular content area, including providing for materials, voluntary reading, and technology.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate-level course can be used as 2 core or elective credits in the Literacy Strategies & Methods thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program or the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Phillip W. Hofmann, Assistant Professor of Literacy and Education, Eastern Oregon University. 16 years as K-12 language arts and reading teacher in California and Oregon. Seven years teaching at EOU. Reader's Theater expert. Author of children's books. (BA, San Diego State University; MA and PhD, Claremont Graduate University)
Teachers of Grades 4-12 wanting to improve literacy teaching and learning in content areas.
Students should expect to spend 6 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.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Phillip W. Hofmann, Eastern Oregon University.


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