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Anne M Reece
EDTEP 531
Seattle Campus

Teaching and Learning in Literacy I

Investigation of the multiple natures of literacy development. Students study the impact of culture and family on literacy development by reading and discussing a variety of texts while also experiencing the development of their own learning through literature study, the writing process, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: elementary TEP student.

Class description

TEP 531 is the first of the three-course sequence in literacy. It will focus on the building blocks of literacy learning and instruction as well as different contexts in which literacy is enacted and learned. We will explore literacy in the lives of children and develop understandings about the literacy process including comprehension, word identification, vocabulary, fluency, writing process, reading/writing connections, and reader response. From there, we will focus on preparing to teach reading and assessing studentsí reading abilities. Next quarter, when you are placed in schools, we will continue our focus on reading instruction and add writing instruction. Our overall goal is provide high-quality instruction to meet the needs of students of all abilities and backgrounds so they become competent, engaged, and thoughtful readers and writers.

To become an effective literacy teacher you must develop: an understanding and appreciation of literacy learners/users in and out of school; a developmental perspective on literacy learning and curriculum; deep subject matter knowledge about reading and writing processes; a variety of pedagogical strategies for teaching reading and writing; and the ability to assess studentsí literacy strengths and needs.

Student learning goals

Develop an understanding and appreciation of literacy learners/users both in and out of school

Acquire a deep understanding of the strategies and skills students apply when they are efficient, effective, and engaged readers, with a special focus this quarter on emergent reading, word identification, fluency, and comprehension

Learn to assess studentsí reading strategies and skills so you can provide appropriate instruction

General method of instruction

Whole class and small group work.

Recommended preparation

Purchase and preread text books to familiarize yourself with the course content. Read chapters 1 and 2 of Cooper in preparation for our first class. The class website will be opened soon - you will receive an email with the link.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will be discussed in class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Anne M Reece
Date: 03/19/2009