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K-12 Professionals

Text Complexity

ENGL or EDUC 600

1 CREDIT

$170

Online

Instructor: Anne Goiran-Bevelhimer

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $170

Course Description:

Read closely Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading (2012) by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and Diane Lapp to gain hands-on knowledge of how to choose and use complex texts to meet your grade level expectations for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects or your State Standards in Reading. Apply what you are reading in practical and useful ways.  Choose activities described in the study guide to explore what makes a text complex. Assess which quantitative measures work best for you. Use rubrics to determine qualitative measures of texts and employ a checklist to match readers to texts and tasks. Leave this class feeling empowered to choose and use complex texts and raise the rigor in reading in your classroom practices.

Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify what makes a text complex.
  2. Assess text complexity by using and evaluating a variety of quantitative measures.
  3. Determine qualitative measures of text complexity by weighing levels of meaning, purpose, structure, language conventionality, clarity and knowledge demands through the use of rubrics.
  4. Match readers to texts and tasks using checklists described in Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading.
  5. Apply the strategies from Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading by creating 2 grade level lesson plans correlated to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects for Reading 1-10.

Required Text:

Fisher, D., Frey, N., & Lapp, D. (2012) Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Study Guide:

Book Study: Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp. (2012.) Prepared by Anne Goiran-Bevelhimer, Ed.D. This study guide will be sent to you.

About The Instructor

Anne Gorian
Anne Goiran-Bevelhimer

Anne Goiran-Bevelhimer earned her Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado. Anne has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Colorado. Anne has over 30 years of experience in teaching and also has experience in higher education. Anne has been published in the Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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