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K-12 Professionals

Engaging Students with Informational Text

EDUC 600




Instructor: Dr. Olufunmilayo Amobi

Grading: Letter

Monday, May 19, 2014 - Friday, June 27, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $375 + textbook

Course Description:

The Common Core State Standards delineate what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Students who meet the Standards are expected to perform the critical reading necessary to decode the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally. They are also expected to seek wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts to build their knowledge, enlarge their experiences, and broaden their worldviews. However, it is evident that students do not habitually possess the knowledge capital needed to process and comprehend complex informational texts. In this 3-credit graduate seminar, educators will examine and implement research-based, practicable strategies for furnishing students a wide and deep reading experience that is foundational to developing critical readers of academic and real-world texts. The course is designed to heighten educators’ awareness of helping students discover the reading flow they need to become lifelong readers.


Educators will

  • Examine articles on Tackling Academic Texts (Educational Leadership, November, 2013).
  • Analyze readings on How to prevent readicide
  • Review Teaching Channel best practice demonstration videos
  • Augment content knowledge with real-world informational texts to broaden students’ worldviews
  • The Article-of-the Week
  • Topic floods
  • Develop a lesson plan that encompasses the “sweet spot” of teaching students to understand complex informational texts:
  • Establish purpose – Frame the text
  • Assign Big Chunk reading
  • Demonstrate second draft rereading of text—Initiate close reading
  • Read aloud and think aloud
  • Use a short passage (Little Chunk)
  • Encourage students to annotate
  • Develop text-based and real-world questions to promote discussion and check for understanding
  • Facilitate collaborative conversations—structured student interaction
  • Write a culminating reflection on how to end readicide.


Gallagher, K. (2009). Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It. Portland, ME: Stenhouse, ISBN  978-1-57110-780-0

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