Welcome!“Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring anarrow range of themselves to the book, then theyll only see theirnarrow range reﬂected in it.”Ben Okri“I write entirely to ﬁnd out what Im thinking, what Im looking at,what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”Joan Didion
Course DescriptionThis course examines the connection between reading and writingthrough inquiry of cognitive, sociocultural and linguistic theoreticalconstructs. Investigation of research-based strategies provides thefoundation for planning, developing, organizing, and managingnarrative and expository writing instruction to enrich balancedliteracy learning across P-12 levels. Topics addressed includereading/ writing workshop approach, differentiated reading/ writinginstruction, developmental spelling, process writing, technologyintegration, conventions of standard American English, and theassessment of writing.
ObjectivesThe following objectives are based on the2010 International Reading AssociationStandards. The complete list of standardsaddressed in this course are available under“Standards” on the main course page forEDUG 572 on BlackBoard.
1. ! examine the connection between reading and writing throughinquiry of cognitive, sociocultural and linguistic theoreticalconstructs (IRA 1.1);2.! become familiar with current theory and research relating tobest practices in literacy (IRA 1.1);3.! Become familiar with current theory and research relating tothe creation of literate environments and practices for individualdifferences and organizing for effective instruction (IRA 4.1);4.! identify strategies and reading programs relating to ﬂuency,vocabulary/background knowledge, comprehension, writing, spelling,motivation and metacognition (IRA 1.4); and5.! examine current curriculum materials for learners at differentstages of reading and writing development and from differentcultural and linguistic backgrounds (IRA 2.3).
Overview of CourseTogether, we will be examining the relationship between reading, writing and learning, both personally and professionally various writing programs, approaches and assessments used in schools
TechnologyBlackBoard; edmodo; wikispaces; jing; audio tools; slide shows,e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote, slideshare.N.B. You need a reliable internet connection and the followingprograms:1. Windows Media Player 2. Adobe Acrobat Reader3. Adobe Flash Player4. Quicktime Player http:/ /www.apple.com/quicktime/download/See “Technology Resources” on the main course page for 572 onBlackBoard for assistance.
StructureOur course is structured as one learning unit each week.Objectives, learning activities, assignments and assessments can befound under Course Documents.Assignments and Assessments are also available under Assignments.Your work will be posted, or links to your work will be posted, tothe Discussion Board of BlackBoard and to edmodo.com.
ResourcesIn addition to the two required texts, wewill be exploring a number of websites andgroups, e.g., The National Writing Project,ReadWriteThink, the National Gallery ofWriting and other relevant resources.
Learning ActivitiesThese will include:Presentations on writing programs, evaluationof writing assessments, reading articles onthe reading/writing connection for emergentreaders and writers as well as young adultreaders and writers. . . .
These learning activities will familiarize youwith best practices in writing instruction,particularly as it relates to reading, theoryand history of writing instruction, and howto design professional developmentaddressing these issues--the knowledge andskills you need as a literacy professional.
AssessmentsYou will be assessed on:Assigned projects and papersParticipation in BlackBoard Discussions aswell as edmodoRubrics for all work are available underAssignments on BlackBoard
Length of Course: Eight WeeksWeekly activities:Readings; responses to readings onedmodo.com; website exploration; writings;other activities.
Final NotesThis course goes very quickly; develop aschedule and routine for keeping upFailure to comply with the University policieson academic integrity (see StudentHandbook) can result in failure of work and/or courseAsk questions on the Discussion Board ofBlackBoard