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ED 551. Literacy in the Content Areas

Credits: 2
Department: Teacher Development
Description: Literacy applied to content area learning: instructional strategies to develop vocabulary and promote comprehension, assessment techniques to guide instructional planning, and dispositions for content literacy professionals.
Prerequisites: ED 560 or ENGL 560; SPED 425 and 2.75 GPA
Corequisites: ED 421/521, ED 431/531, ED 441/541
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Articulate a personal understanding of literacy, its role in student learning, and the role of the content area teacher in promoting student learning through the application of literary strategies.
2. Identify and apply the strategies used to assess and build student prior knowledge.
3. Plan direct and indirect vocabulary instruction to enhance student understanding of general and domain specific word knowledge.
4. Develop and implement effective vocabulary strategies for student learning in content area.
5. Demonstrate the appropriate applications of a wide variety of instructional strategies that promote student comprehension in understanding text, content materials, lectures, and demonstrations.
6. Communicate an understanding of and demonstrate the ability to accommodate the literacy/learning needs of readers of varying proficiency and developmental levels and linguistic backgrounds.
7. Articulate the role and rationale for using literature, electronic texts and non-print materials across the curriculum.
8. Apply appropriate measurement systems and proper interpretation of assessment tools to determine individual students' reading levels and comprehension abilities.
9. Apply assessment data to set goals and objectives, make effective instructional decisions, and demonstrate responsiveness to students' needs.
10. Identify and describe the role of collaboration with school colleagues in meeting the needs of diverse learners and struggling learners.






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