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    • "Another way to increase reading comprehension is by incorporating writing and social interaction." (Wallace, Pearman, Hail, & Hurst, 2007, p. 51).

Overview

This is the EDU 513 course home page and it is divided into 3 sections. On this wikipage, you will find: 1.) course information; 2.) the topics of the course, links to lessons taught in class and embedded assignments; and 3.) the course syllabus.

Section 1

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Section 2

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Wednesday, May 28 – Preparing for EDU 513
  • i. Visit the "course base camp" and complete all the tasks - click here -
  • ii. Take the Concept Mapping Knowledge Trail
  • iii. Read the "Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning" by Rittel & Webber (1973)
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You are a Writer!

May 28 Beliefs about Writing and Writing as a Process
  • i. the non-academic YOU
  • ii. the teaching YOU
  • iii. the learning YOU
  • iv. Writer’s Workshop (Calkins, 1986)
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Monday, June 2Uncovering Why You are a Reader
  • i. Concepts in Print
  • ii. Phonemic Awareness
  • iii. Word Recognition Strategies
  • iv. Fluency
  • v. Vocabulary
  • vi. Comprehension
  • vii. Communicating
Wednesday, June 4 - The Basics of Reading, Part I
(all tasks are due by Monday, June 9)
  • i. Readers Theater
  • ii. Listening to Kids
  • iii. Miscue Analysis
  • iv. Analyze a Literacy Specialist's Analysis by writing a critique
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Monday, June 9 - The Basics of Teaching Reading, Part I
  • i. Reading Council - discuss Cody's problem with peers
  • ii. Begin Persuasive Essay
Wednesday, June 11 - The Basics of Reading, Part II
(all tasks are due by Monday, June 16)
  • i. Comprehension Strategy: creating text-to-self connections
  • ii. Letter to Cody's parents regarding Concepts in Print & Phonemic Awareness
  • iii. Continue Persuasive Essay
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Monday, June 16- The Basics of Teaching Reading, Part III
Wednesday, June 18 - Christmas in June
  • i. Take the class off....I want to tie all the loose ends up with EDU 535 (most of you are in this course)

  • ii. See you Monday

  • iii. Find the true meaning of why you are in graduate school this weekend - I hope you are here to learn and not freak about a grade! I hope that you realize that making mistakes is part of learning and that making mistakes is OK!

  • I hope that complex tasks, such as writing, are accepted by you to be challenging and that good writers, write, revise, edit, write, revise, edit etc.

  • Some of you are way too hard on yourselves! It is not healthy and I know because I was once like many of you. I have a 12" scar on my left arm and a 14" scar on my chest that remind me everyday about how I am; don't be like me... heart disease can be caused by stress too (I have no family history of heart disease).


  • Start healthy habits toward learning RIGHT NOW...or don't. I have vowed not to get caught up in the frustration some of you exhibit toward writing. It is really just putting words down in a document to convey a message.

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Monday, June 23 - The Basics of Reading, Part IV
  • i. Critical Thinking & Reading Comprehension
  • ii. Word Recognition Strategies
  • iii. Persuasive Essay
Wednesday, June 25 - The Basics of Reading, Part V - groups for tonight
  • i. Constructing Knowledge with a Concept Map Using Engaged Exploration (Adams, Paulson, & Wieman, 2008)
    • a. Write to Learn (Sorcinelli & Elbow, 1997) about Word Recognition Tools
    • b. Write to Learn (1997) about Fluency

  • ii. Shared Reading (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996) of Reading fluency assessment and instruction: What, why, and how? written by Hudson, Lane, & Pullen (2005)


  • iii. Literacy Council
    • (a.) Act as Literacy Specialist by giving (if you are not going to come to class on Monday, you need to find a child to give these two tests to and then you need to prove to me that you did administer the tests).
      • Yopp-Singer Test of Phonemic Segmentation - please read this article and be prepared to give the Yopp Singer Phonemic Segmentation test to a colleague on Monday -
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      • Fluency & Miscue Analysis Test - please read this article and be prepared to give a Fluency and Miscue Analysis test on Monday.
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Monday, June 30 - The Basics of Reading, Part VI - groups for tonight
Wednesday, July 2 - The Basics of Reading, Part VII - groups for tonight
  • i. Constructing Knowledge with a Concept Map Using Engaged Exploration (Adams, Paulson, & Wieman, 2008)
    • a. Write to Learn (1997) about Vocabulary


  • ii. Shared Reading (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996) of Reading Comprehension & "Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning" by Rittel & Webber (1973) and apply it to vocabulary instruction.

  • iii. Act as a Literacy Specialist by giving a Curriculum Based Measurement called a Maze Passage
    • a.) Read the background and directions in this file
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      so you are a familiar with the assessment
    • b.) Go to your dropbox folder and open the maze passage you created last Monday
    • c.) Scroll down to the student copy section of the document, set a timer for 3 minutes, read your essay and choose the correct words (If you are home, you need to show me that you did this).
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Monday, July 7 - Preparing for a Literacy Specialist Job -
  • i. Shared Video Challenge:
    • 1.) Participate in an IRIS Center Reading Challenge that addresses the following questions:
      • a.) Do you think teachers should teach vocabulary and reading comprehension skills within their content areas?
      • b.) What are the responsibilities of middle- and high-school teachers for teaching vocabulary and comprehension skills within their content areas?
      • c.) What should content-area teachers know about vocabulary instruction?
      • d.) What should content-area teachers know about comprehension instruction?
    • 2.) View the videos in a group (or alone if you are at home)
    • 3.) Discuss the questions posed by the challenge at each stopping point.
    • 4.) Click here to get to the challenge

  • ii. Act as a Literacy Specialist Consultant and plan for a Literacy Specialist's job description

  • iii. Plan for a Persuasive Essay with a Persuasive Essay Organizer
    • 1.) Use all the information you have acquired in 513 and/or 535 to plan for a persuasive essay that you will write on Wednesday when you come to class
    • 2.) You can use the persuasive essay organizer I have linked to or use your own
    • 3.) Link to an interactive persuasive essay organizer - click here -
    • (a.) An organizer to print - and organize on paper
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Wednesday, July 9 - Literacy Specialist Interview -
  • i. Remembering Cody (a 3rd grader)

  • ii. Write your persuasive essay

  • iii. Present your essay to a literacy specialist hiring team
    • 1.) Read 3 essays
    • 2.) Use sticky notes to provide explanatory feedback (Moreno & Mayer, 2007). The explanatory feedback should describe one idea about being a literacy specialist that you think they should have included
    • 3.) Read your feedback

  • iv. Kahoot! - a technology interview about literacy specialists
    • 1.) Create a free Kahoot! account - click here -
    • 2.) Create a Kahoot! with me
    • 3.) Create a Kahoot! about an aspect of literacy


Section 3

  • Syllabus




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