Anne M Reece
Study of special topics in literacy with a focus on practical, classroom topics, and application. Offered: AWSpS.
Despite rising levels of reading and writing skills among younger children, state tests show there is a decrease in the reading and writing skills of adolescents (Time to Act Report, 2010). In effect, intermediate, middle, and high school students are struggling to read content area texts that demand different skills and strategies that enable them to “read to learn.” As a result, science, social studies, language arts, and math teachers need to be able to teach reading strategies while also teaching content particular to their discipline. In this course we will examine research and analyze strategies for teaching content area reading. We will focus on areas that both scaffold reading of text and teach students to read successfully independently. The course is a designed for intermediate, middle, and high school teachers, teachers enrolled in the reading endorsement program, and researchers who are studying adolescent literacy, and as such it hones in on the reading needs of adolescents.
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