Middle School Methods: Reading in the Content Area
The purpose of the course is to assist educators in developing instructional strategies for integrating reading into content area classrooms and interdisciplinary curriculum. Students will investigate the Common Core Literacy Standards for 6-12 content areas. Students will understand and apply a variety of strategies for teaching vocabulary and comprehension of informational text, evaluating reading materials for text complexity, and modifying reading materials based on the needs of the students.
- The student will be able to articulate the shared responsibility of disciplinary literacy instruction in secondary schools, as mandated by the Common Core State Standards.
- The student will understand basic concepts of reading instruction and current research on methodologies for teaching reading in the content area.
- The student will be able to apply the strategies from the course to evaluate the text complexity of instructional materials used in their classroom and to modify materials based upon the needs of the students.
- The student will apply strategies for teaching vocabulary and comprehension of informational text through their content area.
- The student will be able to apply strategies for teaching reading in the content area to their classroom instruction.
Daniels, H. & Zemelman, S. (2004). Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content Area Reading, Portsmouth, NJ: Heinemann. Book can be ordered from Amazon.com