Teaching Reading and Language Arts

Course Details

Course Number: READ 4213  Section Number: 102

Fall 2011

Location: Ferguson Hall

Classroom Number: John Tower Elementary

Days & Times:

Monday and Wednesday 8am-12:00p.m.



Course Attachments

Class Schedule  4213OutlineFall11-20120404-133020.pdf

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Leann Curry   
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Course Objectives

 

 

Standards/Objectives: 

1.  Foundational Knowledge:  Candidates have knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.  As a result, candidates will:
• compare and contrast varied approaches to the teaching of reading. (EX, CA)
• explain the stages of language learning and literacy development (EX, CA)
• explain how the theoretical roots of reading instruction influence classroom practice (EX, CA)

2.  Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Materials:  Candidates use a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.  As a result, candidates will:
• explain/demonstrate the major components of reading (phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, word identification and phonics, vocabulary and background knowledge, fluency, comprehension strategies, and motivation) and how they are integrated in fluent reading. (EX, P, LP, CA)
• plan instruction using a variety of instructional strategies, approaches, and methods, including technology-based practices, for learners at different stages of development and from differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds in a public school setting.  (P, LP)
• analyze materials and programs for literacy instruction (basals and beyond) (CA)
• describe/plan instructional grouping options as appropriate for accomplishing given purposes. (P, LP)

3. Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation:  Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.  As a result, candidates will: 
• describe a wide range of assessment tools and practices that range from individual and group standardized tests to individual and group informal classroom assessment strategies.  (CA)
• plan effective instruction that meets the needs of all students, including those at different developmental stages and those from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  (P)

4.  Creating a Literate Environment:  Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.  As a result, candidates will:
• describe/design a classroom for balanced literacy instruction to include grouping plans; organization of materials, display areas, learning centers, volunteers, parent involvement, etc. and plans for the beginning of school. (E, P, CA)

5.  Professional Development:  Candidates view professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.  As a result, candidates will:
• read, analyze, evaluate professional literature related to reading instruction.(P)
• display positive dispositions related to reading and the teaching of reading (LP,CA)

Human Diversity Standards

2. To learn to apply concern for diversity to the learning process

6. To ensure responsiveness to diverse sociological, linguistic, cultural and other factors that may affect students’ development and learning

Focus of the Course:

1.  Learning and the Language Arts/Scientifically-based instruction
2.  Teaching and Assessing the Language Arts
3.  The Reading and Writing Processes (Comprehension/Fluency)
4.  Emerging Into Literacy (Early Reading Instruction: Phonological Awareness/Phonemic Awareness/Phonics)
5.  Looking Closely at Words (Vocabulary)
6.  Personal Writing
7.  Listening to Learn
8.  Sustaining Talk in the Classroom
9.  Reading and Writing Stories (Comprehension/Fluency)
10. Reading and Writing Information (Comprehension/Fluency)
11. Reading and Writing Poetry (Comprehension/Fluency)


Course Expectations

 

Assignments (see handout):

Thematic Unit (Modified Teacher Work Sample (TWS): The intern will plan and organize an integrated thematic unit with lessons (including technology integration); activities for learning centers, diversity in the classroom assignment, and related children’s literature.  TEKS are to be included for each lesson.  THERE SHOULD BE NO SPELLING OR GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN THE THEMATIC UNIT!!!  One point will be taken off for every misspelled word and every grammatical error in the thematic unit.  Specific instructions for the thematic unit will be posted on Web Ct.  Please turn in a hard copy and submit an electronic copy via TK20. Dr. Capps will explain TK20 at a later date.

There will be other in-class assignments as dictated by the course.

 

Field Experience Validation:  Time log and validation slip signed by the mentor teacher will be placed in the READ 4203 Developmental Reading portfolio.


Grading Standards

 

Grading Procedures:

 

Examinations (40%):  Forty percent of the intern’s final grade will be determined by performance on tests which will cover material covered in class and material in the required text. 

 

Thematic Unit (60%):  Sixty  percent of the intern’s final grade will be determined by the preparation and organization of the thematic unit. 

 

Class Activities/Participation:  Although the course requires a thorough understanding of the readings and assignments, participation in class discussions/activities will provide the basis for learning and assessment.  Attendance is very important.  See attendance policy for points deducted for absences from class.


Final Exam12/8/2010  10:30am-12:30pm

Submission Format Policy

 

Grading Procedures/Submission Format and Policy:

 

Examinations (40%):  Forty percent of the intern’s final grade will be determined by performance on tests which will cover material covered in class and material in the required text. 

 

Thematic Unit (60%):  Sixty  percent of the intern’s final grade will be determined by the preparation and organization of the thematic unit. 

 

Class Activities/Participation:  Although the course requires a thorough understanding of the readings and assignments, participation in class discussions/activities will provide the basis for learning and assessment.  Attendance is very important.  See attendance policy for points deducted for absences from class.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

 

Class Activities/Participation:  Although the course requires a thorough understanding of the readings and assignments, participation in class discussions/activities will provide the basis for learning and assessment.  Attendance is very important.  See attendance policy for points deducted for absences from class.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

Attendance Policy:

 

The majority of the class activities will be interactive in nature and difficult to “make up” if you are absent.  Be on time and don’t leave early.  Students, who arrive after class has started or leave before it ends, will be counted absent.  Class attendance and promptness to class are crucial to successful completion of this course.  Points will be deducted for each absence as follows:  1 absence = -2 points from final grade; 2 absences = an additional 3 points from final grade; 3 absences = an additional 5 points from final grade; 4 absences = dropped from the class.  For example, if you have two absences, five points will be deducted from your final grade.


Other Policies

 

Other Class Policies:

Please turn off all communication devices during class (both in the MSU class and in the field assigned classroom).  Do not bring lap tops to either setting.

 

 

Academic Honesty:  MSU students demand of themselves the highest level of academic honesty as delineated in their honor creed.  Academic honesty involves the submission of work that is wholly the student’s own work, except in the case of assigned group work.  Additionally, academic honesty involves the proper citation of other author’s works.

 

Please noteBy enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.