This course focuses upon the Ohio Department of Education’s English Language Arts Standards, as they relate to grade level indicators, with emphasis on reading and writing processes and applications. The focus will be on teaching children to consider themselves to be readers and writers from the time they can listen to a story or hold a pencil. Comprehension strategies such as predicting & confirming, retellings, language experience activities, and literature circles and literature response activities will be tied in with age appropriate experiences for the authoring process, literature appreciation, and authentic oral and silent reading practices. Appropriate use of authentic assessment techniques, evidence-based instructional and intervention strategies, language/literacy immersion, multicultural literature, techniques for teaching to the multiple intelligences and the use of research and technology in the teaching of reading will help teacher candidates learn to teach to the individual. A supervised 15-hour field experience in a setting will include activities of developing reading related materials (such as an interactive bulletin board), planning and teaching lessons with the guidance of the university instructor and the classroom teacher, and keeping a journal reflecting upon classroom observations and activities as they relate to concepts studied in class. Three evidence-based instructional strategies including (a) differentiation, (b) data-driven instruction, and (c) Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will be implemented within the field experience.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.