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2021-2022 Catalog
LAE 3211: Literacy Instruction and Assessment

Course Description for Literacy Instruction and Assessment

LAE3211: Literacy Instruction and Assessment
Prerequisite:  LAE 3210
Co-requisite: SSE 3313 and TSL 4340
Description: Focused on reading and writing at the upper elementary level (grades 3 through 6), a primary focus of this course is on developing students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking skills with both narrative and informational texts. Students will understand how to support engagement with and comprehension of both ability-matched and complex texts through direct instruction, student discourse, and writing about reading. A particular emphasis will be placed on vocabulary and academic language acquisition. Additional topics will include the influence of digital texts on reading instruction, school-family collaboration to support reading engagement, and the teaching of writing beyond the primary years. Students will understand the different elements of the craft of writing and how to teach young children of all ability levels to develop desired traits of description and voice as well as organization and attention to grammar while also encouraging student engagement.