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Teaching Developing Readers†
Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours
Formats: Print & DVD or Online
Level: Grades 4–6
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013
Complete by: October 31, 2013
Course #: EDUC-6947T
10 weeks after receipt of coursework
*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)
Explore characteristics of intermediate and advanced readers, taking a developmental, student-centered approach to reading and literacy instruction for the elementary grades. You will learn how to plan and implement developmentally appropriate assessments, materials, and strategies for their instruction.
Learn how to make reading a collaborative and less isolated experience for your students, including using technology to connect them to readers outside your classroom. Explore a variety of research-based instructional practices and literacy topics including text structures, specialized vocabulary, content area and interdisciplinary reading, and multiple literacies. Help encourage developing readers to become more proficient and authentic readers and combat a common decline in reading motivation in older students. Course curriculum aligns with the standards set forth by the International Reading Association.
- Apply the five pillars of reading instruction, in particular fluency and comprehension.
- Analyze the role of word study and vocabulary in improving reading fluency.
- Create a textual arrangement that includes traditional and online resources based on a theme and students’ interests.
- Analyze the importance of the interactive, critical, and response perspectives in literacy education.
- Determine appropriate intervention strategies for struggling readers.
†Credits for up to four of these courses may be applied toward a Walden University M.S. in Education program. Please call 1-866-492-5336 and speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more details.
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- Course topics and outcomes
- Course assessment criteria
- Course format and materials
- System requirements (online format)
- Featured education experts
Linda Gambrell, Ph.D.
Dr. Gambrell is professor and director of the School of Education at Clemson University. She was a principal investigator at the National Reading Research Center, where she directed the Literacy Motivation Project. Dr. Gambrell received the International Reading Association’s (IRA) Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award. She has written extensively on reading instruction and literacy motivation and is the author of Lively Discussions: Fostering Reading Engagement.
Douglas K. Hartman, Ph.D.
Dr. Hartman is a professor of teacher education and educational technology at Michigan State University, Codirector of the Literacy Achievement Research Center, and Coordinator of the Literacy Studies Program. He is the senior editor of the Journal of Literacy Research and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. His research interests focus on new literacies, adolescent literacy, and the history of literacy. Dr. Hartman is the recipient of the Albert J. Kingston award for service to the field of reading and literacy.
Lori Helman, Ph.D.
Dr. Helman is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development. Her research has focused on beginning literacy, reading, and spelling development for students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Helman has authored or coauthored numerous publications on literacy for English language learners, including Literacy Development with English Learners: Research-Based Instruction in Grades K–6 and Words Their Way: Word Study for Spelling, Phonics, and Vocabulary Instruction.
The following course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be delivered directly to you:
- Textbook: Teaching New Literacies in Grades 4–6: Resources for 21st-Century Classrooms (Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy), by B. Moss and
- DVD: Teaching Developing Readers, Grades 4–6
(For online format, the DVD is provided as backup to streaming video online.)
If you order the print & DVD format, you will also receive
- Study guide: Teaching Developing Readers 4–6
- Course information packet
*For online format, the study guide and course information packet are provided in your online classroom.
This is a graduate-level course; therefore, you must have a bachelor's degree or above to enroll and receive credit.
Earning Graduate Credit
Total coursework for this course is equivalent to a 45 contact-hour course. Graduate credit will be issued when you successfully complete the following course requirements:
- Collaborate with study partner(s) (Print & DVD format only).
- Collaborate with colleagues through discussion boards (Online format only).
- View video segments.
- Complete required text/journal readings, assignments, and the final paper.
Course Completion Deadline
Print & DVD format: coursework must be submitted via email to WaldenCourseworkSubmission@waldenu.edu on or before October 31, 2013.
Online format: coursework must be submitted online on or before October 31, 2013.
Operating system for PC: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or
Operating system for Mac®: OS X or higher
Processor: 1 GHz, 32/64 bit or higher
Memory: Minimum 512 MB of RAM; 1 GB recommended
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher; Firefox® 3.6 (also for Mac®: Apple® Safari® 4 or higher)
Internet connection: Broadband (DSL, cable modem, or similar) required
Software: Microsoft Word®, Adobe® Flash® Player 7 or higher (free), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 8 or higher (free)
Monitor resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels or higher
Note: If you are using a Macintosh®, please be sure to download Mozilla® Firefox® 3.6. It’s free, and the download should take only a few minutes at http://www.mozilla.org/.
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