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Reading to Learn: Developing Strategic Reading Skills

EDUC 600

This online course focuses on helping teachers work with students on key reading skills. Teachers will learn how to develop active instructional strategies that facilitate student acquisition and development of reading skills in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is on vocabulary development and comprehension strategies. Teachers will also understand the importance of text structure as students move from reading primarily narrative text to much more expository text. Assessment options for tracking reading skills and improvement will also be explored.


1. Teachers will learn about the Common Core Standards.
2. Teachers will learn the importance of and explicit methods for teaching word attack skills and vocabulary.
3. Teachers will learn specific directed reading strategies that develop and reinforce reading comprehension.
4. Teachers will learn ways to help students understand and identify text structures.
5. Teachers will learn ways to motivate students to develop lifelong, independent reading habits.
6. Teachers will learn ways to help students learn to use graphic organizers as an aid.
7. Teachers will learn specific strategies for assessing comprehension skills.
8. Teachers will learn about issues with fluency.
9. Teachers will learn specific methods for working with low-performing readers and ELL students.
10. Teachers will learn how to integrate literature to inspire readers.
11. Teachers will learn where to locate resources for reading instruction, children’s and adolescent literature, and content literacy.
12. Teachers will learn the importance of teaching words parts to increase students’ vocabulary.
13. Teachers will learn creative ways to teach content area vocabulary.
14. Teachers will research excellent novels to read to the class.
15. Teachers will become more familiar with literature circles and how to use them.

Required Text:

“QAR Now: A Powerful and Practical Framework That Develops Comprehension and Higher-Level Thinking in All Students (Theory and Practice)” by Kathryn Au, Taffy Raphael, and Kathy Highfield

Text can be found at Amazon.com or at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439745837/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0439745837&link_code=as3&tag=profesdevel00-20