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EDUC-206 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas, Part II

Designed specifically for individuals seeking secondary certification, this course builds upon the foundational theories and knowledge of reading from the prerequisite course Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area Part I. Participants will take theory into practice as they become familiar with and demonstrate best practices of how to integrate the teaching of reading of content area material with content-specific knowledge. Topics covered in this course will include using assessment to know the learner, putting metacognitive theory into practice and differentiating instruction for all students. Participants will leave the course with multiple hands-on strategies they can immediately use to make content reading accessible and successful for their students. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education Reading requirement for an initial certificate or renewal of certificate in Secondary Education and Generic Special Education/Secondary/Adult.

Credits                    3
Prerequisites          EDUC 202
Instructor               Cheryl Dzubak
Phone                     724-925-1897

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the experiential, cultural, and language influences on literacy and content acquisition and performance.
  • Assess the experiential background, literacy skills, and content preparedness for instruction of a class of students.
  • Describe assessment techniques and strategies of individual learners.
  • Identify learning experiences for students with various reading abilities.
  • Modify instructional techniques to address the diversity present in the student population.
  • Select a variety of strategies to promote student independence in content area reading.
  • Implement the use of a variety of reading materials into classroom instruction.
  • Include student centered strategies that support text-based concept development.
  • Use formal and informal writing strategies to facilitate student learning in the content area.
  • Summarize a literacy program that supports and enhances content area learning.

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Major Course Topics

  • Lesson plans
  • Content Area Reading
  • Purpose for Reading
  • Classroom Library
  • Effective Use of Textbook
  • Building Community in the Classroom
  • Reading Workshop
  • Book Clubs
  • Struggling Readers
  • Research: Effective Teaching of Reading
  • Reading strategies

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Course Format

This course 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

Daniels, Harvey and Zemelman, Steven (2004) Subjects Matter Every Teacher’s Guide to Content-Area Reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Successful Strategies for Reading in the Content Areas, 2nd Edition Secondary, Shell Education, 2008.

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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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