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Course Descriptions

Reading in the Content Area

EDUC 600

Introduction to the relevance and need for incorporating reading and developing reading skills in middle and high school classrooms.


  • The candidates will understand basic reading and writing processes as they relate to content literacy including schema theory, comprehension, and second language acquisition.
  • The candidates will understand how content literacy can contribute to the learning of content material and contribute to a positive learning environment.
  • The candidates will know how to use a variety of materials in the content classroom including textbooks, literature, internet resources and media.
  • The candidates will understand how to help diverse students use reading, writing and vocabulary strategies to learn content material.
  • The candidates will understand how to use various assessment techniques to choose the best methods to teach specific content materials and meet the needs of all students.


McKenna, M. C. & Robinson, R. D. (2009). Teaching through text: Reading and writing in the content areas, 2nd edition. Boston: Pearson.

Allen, J. (2007). Inside Words: Tools for teaching academic vocabulary, grades 4-12. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.

Books can be purchased at the NDSU Bookstore 701-231-8015.