Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Blackboard)

ED 586: Comprehension Strategies (3 credits)
Fall 2012, 2013
Winter 2012, 2013, 2014
Spring 2012, 2013, 2014
Summer 2012, 2013
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Dr. M. Ruth Davenport, Eastern Oregon University

In-depth examination of effective comprehension instruction for all readers, varied approaches to support the thinking of active readers, specific strategies that promote active engagement with fiction and non-fiction texts, with classroom applications and practice using these strategies.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to or experience with pK-12 students.
Readings from textbook and Internet with postings to discussion board; classroom-based assignments for K-12 students; compilation of a strategies notebook.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 Standards for Reading Professionals:
2 Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • define active literacy and strategic reading
  • describe and be able to use specific strategies that enhance reading comprehension
  • implement a variety of reading strategies in their own classrooms
  • formulate lesson plans for teaching comprehension strategies
  • CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 3 core or elective credits 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 Dr. M. Ruth Davenport, Professor, College of Education, Eastern Oregon University. Literacy consultant and teacher for 18 years. Miscue analysis expert and textbook author. (BS, MS, SW Missouri State University; Ph.D., University of Missouri)
    Those seeking a reading endorsement and pK-12 teachers wishing to help their students read with more understanding.
    Students should expect to spend 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 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 Harvey, S. & Goudvis, A. (2007). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension for understanding and engagement (2nd Ed.) Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
    COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum costs more than $359 per credit, including all fees.
    CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. M. Ruth Davenport, Eastern Oregon University.

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