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K-12 Professionals

Reading in the Content Area

EDUC 600




Instructor: Connie Molony

Grading: Letter

Monday, September 12, 2016 - Monday, December 05, 2016

Course completion December 12, 2016

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $250 + textbook

Course Description:

The purpose of the course is to assist educators in developing instructional strategies for integrating reading into content area classrooms and interdisciplinary curriculum. Students will investigate the Common Core Literacy Standards for 6-12 content areas. Students will understand and apply a variety of strategies for teaching vocabulary and comprehension of informational text, connecting writing to reading for deeper understanding, evaluating reading materials for text complexity, and modifying reading materials based on the needs of the students.


Educators will be able to:

  • articulate the shared responsibility of disciplinary literacy instruction in secondary schools, as mandated by the Common Core State Standards.
  • understand basic concepts of reading instruction and current research on methodologies for teaching reading in the content area.
  • to apply the strategies from the course to evaluate the text complexity of instructional materials used in their classroom and to modify materials based upon the needs of the students.
  • apply strategies for teaching vocabulary and comprehension of informational text through their content area.
  • to apply strategies for teaching reading in the content area to their classroom instruction.

Course Materials:

Daniels, H. & Zemelman, S. (2014). Subjects Matter, Second Edition: Exceeding Standards Through Powerful Content-Area Reading. Book can be ordered from http://www.amazon.com

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About The Instructor

Connie Molony

Connie Molony earned an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Moorhead State University. Connie has a B.A in Liberal Arts Studies. from Hamline University in St. Paul. Connie has over 40 years of experience teaching all subjects with experience in elementary and middle school.

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