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EDUC-202 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas, Part 1

Designed specifically for individuals seeking secondary certification, this course outlines the essentials of the reading processes necessary for secondary students to become proficient learners of content. Types of reading, elements of assessment, skills of the reading process, the incorporation of reading instruction into content delivery and the affective aspects of the processes of reading will be examined. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education Reading requirement for an initial certificate in Secondary Education and Generic Special Education Secondary/Adult.

Credits             3
Prerequisites   None
Instructor        Cheryl Dzubak
Phone              724-925-1897

Overall Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1 Recognize the relationship between reading skills and learning skills.
2. Understand the cognitive processes of reading and learning.
3. Assess the organization, structure, style, and difficulty of a textbook.
4. Appraise the reading skill level of the individuals within the group.
5. Identify the content literacy of the individuals within the group.
6. Incorporate discussion and inquiry techniques into normal classroom activities.
7. Develop various forms of content reading guides and directed reinforcement activities.
8. Develop differentiated criterion-based literacy curriculum.
9. Select and evaluate alternative instructional plans and practices utilizing various student-centered
10. Develop content lessons that will help students become independent readers.

Major Course Topics

  • Role of content teacher
  • Assessment
  • Vocabulary development
  • Strategic Readers
  • DRTA
  • Study Strategies
  • Writing
  • Enhancing the Content Area with Other Books
  • Reading in the Content Area
  • Diversity in the Classroom
  • Integrating Technology
  • Reading strategies

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Course Format

This format includes but is not limited to the following:

  • There is a lot of material to cover this semester. The key to success is to keep up and submit your work on time. Therefore, this course is not self-paced as an assignment is due every week. Assignments may be submitted early.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Does require threaded discussions online.
  • The communication in the class will take place through Canvas emails, online threaded discussions and announcements posted on Canvas.
  • The course material is sequential.
  • There is a specific timeline for the completion of each assignment in this class.
  • By electing to take this class online, you are assuming responsibility for your own learning complete assignments in order to learn the course material.
  • This class does not require on-campus meetings.

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This course does not have a face-to-face orientation.  There is a required orientation that you will complete online.

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Course Requirements

  • Review the “Frequently Asked Question” section of the eLearning Homepage.
  • Twelve quizzes, each consisting of 10 multiple choice questions and short essay questions.
  • Reading lesson plan and various reading strategy assignments
  • Online group discussions

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Texts and Materials

Roe, Stoodt-Hill, Burns (2011) Secondary School Literacy Instruction: The Content Areas 10th edition. Belmont, CA: Cengage

Strong (2011) Coaching Writing in the Content Areas: Write-for-Insight Strategies, Grades 6 – 12, 2nd edition. Boston: Pearson

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Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Information link.

The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.  NOTE: There have been reported difficulties when using internet Explorer with Canvas.
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Word Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft Word
  • Windows Media Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Flash
  • Quick Time
  • Real Player

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If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Cheryl Dzubak,

Last updated on  09-May-14

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