LIST 4373, Syllabus Spring 2016

LITERACY LEARNING FOR EC-6 STUDENTS: READING AND WRITING

Course Description

Balanced literacy approach to teaching with an emphasis on reading and writing. Theoretical models, principles of teaching reading and writing using a variety of instructional strategies, the role of phonemic awareness, effective program organization, assessment, and classroom management.

Required Textbooks

Required readings (5):

1) The Essentials of Teaching Children to Read: The Teacher Makes the Difference (2013), 3rd Edition, by D. Ray Reutzel and Robert B. Cooter, Jr. [This is our main textbook].


2) The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades (2014, 2nd edition) by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser [This book is a quick read.]


3) Bringing Words to Life, Second Edition: Robust Vocabulary Instruction (2013) by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan [This book is a quick read.]


4) Phonics and Word Study for the Teacher of Reading: Programmed for Self-Instruction (2013) by Barbara Fox, 11th edition. [This book is a self-paced book on phonics. You can start reading it before the semester starts, if you wish.]


5) Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read (2006, 3rd edition) Free short booklet from the U.S. Dept. of Education https://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/PRFbooklet.pdf


One required children’s book (choose one from the following two choices)

1. Brown Girl Dreaming (2014) by Jacqueline Woodson or

2. Ida B: ...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World (2004) by Katherine Hannigan


Optional text:

50 Literacy Strategies: Step-by-Step (4th Edition) by Gail Thompson