NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Building Comprehension in the Primary Grades

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

Tap into a wealth of techniques to help your primary students better comprehend what they read. Real life examples and dozens of scenarios/examples demonstrate effective ways to: select the perfect books, model think alouds, assist students in making important connections, and empower your students to having meaningful conversation about the texts they are reading. Watch your students become thoughtful and independent readers!


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1.  Understand techniques to model a Think Aloud.

2.  Design mini lessons for inferring and synthesizing.

3.  Develop strategies to support students comprehension through meaningful conversation.

4.  Demonstrate how to make connections with the text, through self, other text and world.


Required reading for the course includes the following text:
Miller, D. (2002). Reading with meaning, teaching comprehension in the primary grades. Markham, ON: Stenhouse Publishers.

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