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Comprehension Going Forward: Best Practices in Reading Comprehension Instruction

EDUC 600




Instructor: Michelle Kalina

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

August 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education

Course Description:

Improving reading comprehension is the cornerstone that academic achievement is built upon. Once students comprehend what they have read, they are able to improve their critical thinking skills, apply their knowledge across subject areas and incorporate these ideas into new perspectives. In this course, teachers will learn how to bring the joy back into reading instruction by teaching students how to apply deeper meaning to what they have read, make connections with science, math and social studies lessons, increase their understanding of higher-level language concepts such as figurative language and draw inferences and conclusions using their own experiences and acquired knowledge. As a result, students will increase their ability to go beyond the surface meanings of text and learn how to experience their reading materials, while learning how to compare and contrast topics, evaluate texts, create schema, generate hypotheses and theories and give supporting evidence to their beliefs and opinions.


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

1. Learn strategies to improve reading comprehension for struggling readers, English language learners and special education students.

2. Increase their students’ comprehension skills across the curriculum, such as in science and history.

3. Teach students higher order thinking skills: how to think critically about texts, analyze what they are reading, draw conclusions, support their opinions and infer meaning behind the action in the text.

4. Instill a love of reading in their students, making the text relevant to their lives and helping them to expand their worldview by making correlations between different cultures, historical periods and personal experiences.


Adams, M. (2011). Advancing our students’ language and literacy: The challenge of complex texts. American Educator, 34, (4), 3-11.

Article may be found at: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/EJ909920.pdf

Hiebert, E., & Cervetti, G. (2011). What differences in narrative and informational texts mean or the learning and instruction of vocabulary. Reading Research Report #11.01. Online Submission. ERIC doc. # ED518047.

Article may be found at: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED518047.pdf

Keene, E., Zimmerman, S., Miller, D., Bennett, S., Blauman, L., Hutchins, C., Harvey, S., Goudvis, A., Buhrow, B., Cervetti, G., Larner, M., Tovani, C., Commins, N., Garcia, A., & McGregor, T. (2011). Comprehension going forward: Where we are/What’s next. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Romance, N. & Vitale, M. (2011). An integrated disciplinary model for accelerating student achievement in science and reading comprehension across grades 3-8: Implications for research and practice. Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. ERIC doc.  #ED517988.

Article may be found at: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED517988.pdf

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.

About The Instructor

Michelle Kalina
Michelle Kalina

Michelle Kalina earned an M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Michelle also has a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and a B.A. in German and History, with a minor in Russian. Michelle is ASHA and DPI certified in Early Childhood through Adult Populations in Educational Settings. Michelle has over 17 years of experience as a speech/language clinician.


**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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