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Strategic Literacy: Topics in Reading 6-12

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description
This course is designed to provide an overview of and foundation for current literacy research components and practice with an emphasis on 6-12 classrooms.  Participants of this course will examine current literacy research and explore reading components as they apply to the 21st century classroom.  Foundational work will include the spectrum of reading development, fluency, word knowledge, and vocabulary as well as comprehension strategy investigation.  Participants will evaluate their classroom culture of literacy, reflect on their current practice, and formulate a literacy plan for implementation.

Global Goals of the Course
To deepen and/or apply the content and skills of the teacher’s existing professional knowledge base by meeting the following global goals of this course: 

1. To examine instructional and pedagogical belief systems in relation to literacy
2. To develop an understanding of the continuum of reading development
3. To explore current literacy research and become critical research consumers
4. To analyze the major components of literacy
5. To investigate the factors contributing to a literate environment
6. To synthesize literacy research and classroom applications



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