Elementary Literacy I: Foundations of Reading

Using a contemplative approach to literacy, this course investigates the development of a literate student. How can a teacher instruct, engage, and assess students in the skills necessary to develop their reading, writing, and oral communication, while caring for the whole student in the process? We investigate this phenomenon, explore approaches to foster literacy acquisition, and learn how to assess students' progress (including interventions). We observe, demonstrate, and evaluate our literacy instruction, particularly in the areas of comprehension, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and vocabulary. We experiment with the key components of writing and develop strategies for supporting all students in effective communication through both oral and written words. Threads weaving throughout the course include the link between reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as purposeful integration of literacy across the curriculum. Prerequisites: EDU150, EDU220, and EDU245 with a B or better.
Course Number: EDU345
Units: 3.0
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