NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Reading for Understanding grades 4-12

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:

This course provides a model for effective lesson design that will help you build better, more reflective readers. Delve into the power of metaphor, proper framing/focus, and a variety of comprehension strategies. Explore ways to help students dig into the deeper layers of texts, enabling them to not only understand what the text means, but also why the text matters. Perfect for teachers of language arts, as well as teachers of other content areas, looking to nurture independent readers.


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

1.  Understand the importance of second-draft reading.

2.  Explore the use of metaphors to deepen comprehension.

3.  Develop strategies to encourage student reflection.

4.  Create lesson plans that include backwards planning.


Required reading for the course includes the following text:
Gallagher, Kelly. (2004). Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

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