LIST 4373, Syllabus Spring 2016


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

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