Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fw: School Reading 1-

Week 1 - Assignment (09/20/2009)

Reading Course


Week 1 - Assignment (09/20/2009)

  Instructions  Read Textbook Chapters 1. . 

principles for guiding literacy



stages of Literacy development








  Week 2 - Assignment (10/04/2009)

Read Textbook Chapters 2.

Weekly Papers - 2 Questions

Reflection Questions:

1. What is the role of the teacher in the classroom ?


2. What are the benefits and value of a 'Read-Aloud' ?

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the role of the teacher in the classroom


benefits and value of a 'Read-Aloud'


  Week 3 - Assignment (10/11/2009)

Read Textbook Chapters 3 - Weekly Papers - 1 Question


Reflection Question:

1. Choose two non-fiction books for children and identify the expository structures of each. Then decide on the best strategy for activating prior knowledge for each and give your rationale.

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    Week 4 - Assignment (10/18/2009)

Read Textbook Chapters 4. Weekly Papers - 2 Questions

Reflection Questions:

1. What is 'reciprocal' teaching? (Focus on procedures & possible uses).

2. List the seven strategies that help to construct meaning. Give an example of each strategy.

'reciprocal' teaching?

seven strategies that help to construct meaning

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  Week 5 - Assignment (10/25/2009) Read Textbook Chapters 5.  Weekly Papers - 2 Questions


Reflection Questions:

1. What are the elements that lead to successful independent reading?


2. What are the components of a balanced literacy program? Briefly explain each component.

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  Week 5 - Reaction Paper 10/25/2009)

Please read the article on the following website and write a reaction paper no longer than 2 pages (double spaced).

Website :


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  Week 6 - Assignment (11/01/2009)

Read Textbook Chapters 6 & 7 .

Weekly Papers - 4 Questions


Reflection Questions:


1 How do students acquire vocabulary?


2. What are the elements of effective vocabulary development? .


3. How would students respond to literature? Describe the categories.


4. Describe the procedures that promote responding to literature.


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  Week 7: Assignment (11/08/2009)

Read Textbook Chapters 8 & 9.


Weekly Papers - 4 Questions

Reflection Questions:

1 Explain, giving at least 5 reasons, why reading and writing have to be taught together ?


2. What is the difference between remediation and intervention? How does this difference change the way instruction is planned and carried out?


3. Distinguish between the strategies and skills the classroom teacher needs to teach to struggling readers and those required to be taught to all students, including struggling readers. How would one change the way a required skill or strategy is taught to a group of struggling readers?


4. Review the 2 levels of text needed for struggling readers; grade level and developmentally appropriate. How can a classroom teacher provide instruction for struggling readers in each of these types of text?

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  Week 8: Assignment (11/15/2009) Read Textbook Chapters 10. Weekly Papers - 3 Questions

Reflection Questions:

1 What are the guidelines for organizing and managing a balanced literacy classroom?

2. Why do teachers need to use leveled/developmentally appropriate books for the students in their class?

3. Why is it important for teachers to keep records of every student in the class?

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  Week 9: Assignment (11/29/2009)

Read Textbook Chapters 11.

Weekly Papers - 2 Questions

Reflection Questions:

1 What is assessment? How does it relate to evaluation? Describe.

2. Describe a formal and informal assessment.

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  Final Paper - Literacy Lesson (12/06/2009)

Prepare a literacy lesson, complete with mini lessons as per text book. You should report the development, application, and analysis of one or several lessons/activities to teach a literacy lesson. Describe why those activities/lessons can help students to develop literacy skills and construct meaning. To support your rationale, use references from what you have learned in the course and from other sources in the APA format. Discuss each activity, if you have more than one, in detail.

Your lesson must include the description of:

a. The target population the characteristics of the learners for whom the activity is planned.

b. The prerequisites (if necessary), the specific objective(s) of the activity, and the content and language standards to which they relate. If you are not a classroom teacher, specify the output expected from this activity.

c. The role of the teacher and the students.


d. The resources, materials, and other elements that will be used to create a learning environment that addresses the needs of the population.


e. List the principles of learning or the standards and all the references used to develop the lesson.

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Read Textbook Chapters 1.

Weekly Papers - 2 Questions

Reflection Questions:

1. What are the principles for guiding literacy ? Please explain.

2. What are the stages of Literacy development?

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Subject: School Readding 1

Chapter 1: Lecture Notes

Chapter Overview:

Standards are serving as the basis for schools throughout the country to develop comprehensive literacy programs. The emphasis is on differentiated instruction that focuses on the needs of individual learners.

Literacy involves all of the communication and calculation skills needed to survive in today's world. This text focuses on the communication aspects of literacy-listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking. Viewing is a form of literacy in which the individual applies communication skills to watching a movie or a television program.

Oral language (listening and speaking) is the foundation of all literacy learning. Reading and writing build on listening and speaking. Thinking is an integral part of all of these processes.

As students develop literacy, they go through several stages or phases-Early Emergent Literacy, Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading and Writing, Almost Fluent Reading and Writing, and Fluent Reading and Writing. Students do not progress through these stages smoothly, and there is much overlap between the stages.

Standards are statements of what is expected or valued in a given area. Benchmarks are statements of behaviors that would indicate whether a student has achieved a given standard. Standards and benchmarks are becoming increasingly more important in education at the national, state, and local levels. They form the foundation for all instruction and assessment.

All classrooms are diverse classrooms, containing English Language Learners, learning-disabled students, gifted students, and so forth. There is strength in this diversity. Technology plays an increasingly more important role in helping us meet the needs of all learners.

Over the last sixty years, literacy learning has gone through many phases. Knowing about these phases helps us better understand what we do currently and see how and why we have arrived at a more balanced approach to instruction.

Four principles should guide all literacy instruction:

1. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing,
and thinking develop simultaneously as learners
develop literacy.

2. The foundations of all literacy learning are oral
language, prior knowledge, and background

3. Effective literacy instruction must include a
combination of systematic, explicit, direct
instruction and other types of activities which
support literacy learning.

4. Literacy instruction should be differentiated to
meet the diverse needs of every student.


Differentiated instruction diversity
Explicit instruction
Stages of literacy development standards

Adapted from Cooper, J.D. & Kiger, N.D. (2000). Literacy: Helping Children Construct Meaning. 6th Edition. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. Copyright 2006.

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