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K-12 Professionals

The Critical Literacy Toolbox: Strategies for Every Reader

EDUC 600




Instructor: Katherine Gillies

Grading: Letter

Monday, July 07, 2014 - Friday, August 01, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

This three-credit continuing education graduate course, will provide a broad base knowledge of the reading comprehension process and practical application of research based reading comprehension strategies. This course will attack the issue of America's growing population of struggling readers and functional vs. critical literacy. An assortment of strategies, from activating background knowledge and text connection to annotation and inference, will provide you with the tools needed when working with the vast range of readers in your classroom. We will address the best practices linked with helping students obtain strong literate habits through meaningful practice and application.

This course will aid in your understanding of how to support readers across all content areas and of all ability levels by studying the framework necessary to teach required content with the appropriate strategy vehicle. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be presented, shared and evaluated.


  1. Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the foundations of the cognitive processes of literacy (reading and writing).
  2. Demonstrate a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support literacy instruction in their content area/s.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the affective component of literacy specifically pertaining to the role cultural literacy plays in the modern classroom.
  4. Demonstrate the practical application of this knowledge when working with learners of different stages of development and from differing linguistic and cultural backgrounds as a means to fostering a literacy rich school environment.
  5. Demonstrate to participants how to help their students improve their literacy skills to the end that it will result in higher student achievement levels.


Gallagher, K. (2009). Readicide: How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Goudvis, A., & Harvey, S. (2007). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension for understanding and engagement. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.

**Registration Instructions:

You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.

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