Working With Diverse Learners Who Find Reading and Writing Challenging
This self-paced, online Moodle course is intended for those who are interested in studying how teachers can impact their reading and writing instruction in school contexts. Major course objectives are to help class participants become more confident with teaching their diverse students reading and writing in the content disciplines they teach.
Course description: This 2-credit course is designed to extend participants’ knowledge of literacy instruction for students who find reading and writing challenging. Since word knowledge is tied to comprehension, there will be an emphasis on learning about those instructional approaches that support vocabulary growth and concept development.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
identify basic principles of literacy instruction and describe how these are influenced by academic language and content knowledge.
describe Tier 1, 2, and 3 vocabulary levels.
create a motivational “hook” that previews key concepts of a text.
evaluate a professional resource, noting how ideas can be incorporated into a pre-existing lesson.
create several vocabulary development activities that support the B-D-A learning model.
analyze specific strategies that support language learning and reading comprehension
About the course facilitator:
Ann Ellsworth has taught in elementary and secondary schools in Wisconsin and Montana, and has led reading and writing professional development workshops across Montana and the Midwest. She is the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) “Grammar Teacher of the Year.” The Association of Teachers of English Grammar (ATEG) is an arm of NCTE. She was awarded the 2016 Montana Reading Teacher of the Year, and was a finalist for two national teaching awards. Presently she works with teacher candidates at Montana State University-Bozeman She has served as editor of the MONTANA STATE READING JOURNAL and is working with a publisher on a book on how to improve student writing.
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