EDTE 418/518 - Discipline Specific Literacy


Class Agendas

Syllabus

Fall 2012 - 418





Spring 2012 - 518


Spring 2012 - 418


Fall 2011


Assignment Sheets

Course Calendar


Course Goals
1. The candidate will know and be able to use methods and strategies to teach reading comprehension and writing in specific disciplines.
2. The candidate will be able to identify and teach key academic language specific to his/her discipline
3. The candidate will be able to apply comprehension strategies in discipline specific lessons appropriate for all students, with emphasis on special populations. i.e. ELD and gifted.
4. The candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to engage all students and support their learning with a particular emphasis on working with ELLs.


Key Questions
1. What is 21st century literacy? What is "academic language"? Why does it matter? What are features of academic language in my subject area?
2. What does reading comprehension involve? How can I help my students make meaning from oral, written, and visual texts?
3. Do textbooks matter in the age of Google? What role will textbooks play in my classroom? (Information literacy) How can I design and assess a successful reading assignment in my content area?
4. What are characteristics of "good" writing in my content area? How can I design and assess a successful writing assignment in my content area?
5. What do I need to know about English language learners in my classroom?
6. What are my legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities towards ELLs?
7. What do I need to know about English language learning? What types of programs help ELLs succeed in school? How can I adapt my instruction to make it comprehensible to ELLs?
8. How can I design instruction to simultaneously build language and content learning for the ELLs in my classes?
9. How can I support ELLs with writing?
10. How can ESL strategies benefit all learners? Case studies of diverse students.