This course is grounded in Dr. Hollis Scarborough’s Reading Rope Model which illustrates how all the different reading/language processes are needed to become a proficient reader. Proficiency includes development of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, and reading fluency including oral skills and comprehension. The Literacy Development section of the course thoroughly examines the changes in the brain as a child learns to read. The various reading difficulties faced by students and possible interventions is analyzed in several of the course sections including Literacy Development. Research shows that explicit, direct instruction of skills along a predetermined continuum is essential for students to acquire the skills to become a proficient reader by the end of 3rd grade. Examples and suggested approaches are explored throughout the course. This includes specific suggestions for students with Developmental Language Disorder, Dyslexia, and English Language Learners. An essential piece of ensuring proficiency in all readers is dedication to the assessment cycle which is also discussed in all sections.
*Optional Adams State University credit after the class ends (additional $165).
Schoology course code is emailed after payment.