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Reading in the Content Area

EDUC 2000

Introduction to the relevance and need for incorporating reading and developing reading skills in middle and high school classrooms.


  • The students will understand basic reading and writing processes as they relate to content literacy.
  • The students will know the characteristics and practices of successful and struggling readers.
  • The students will identify and classify content area vocabulary and select appropriate strategies for supporting student learning.
  • The candidates will know how to select text and support students in using all forms of text in the content classroom including textbooks, literature, internet resources, and media.
  • The students will understand how to use various assessment techniques to choose the best methods to teach specific content materials and meet the needs and interests of diverse students.
  • The students will know how writing can be used to promote and assess content learning.

"Excellent course, very well designed."

"The objectives made it easier to focus on needed material when I read and took notes."

"It was a great course and I learned a great amount."

"Course covers lots of materials that can be applied across several disciplines; it really puts reading in the classroom at the forefront of learning."

"The assignments followed the lessons perfectly. I was able to apply what I was learning."

"Having to use what I had learned to produce an activity for students was helpful."

"Thank you for a great first online class experience! Instructor was super accommodating - very glad to have had her."


Vacca, R. T., Vacca, J., & Mraz, M. (2017).  Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum, 12th edition. Boston: Pearson.