Foundations of Reading

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3 sem. hrs.
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Fall and Spring

An introduction to the theories/models of the process of reading, stages of reading development, the development of literacy, word identification strategies, comprehension theory and instructional strategies, text structure, the reading/writing connection, the role of literature in the classroom, assessment, material selection, organizing and managing reading programs, accommodating needs in multicultural and multiability classrooms. Examination of appropriate software to enhance and reinforce reading skills and use of the Internet for literature and content/curriculum resources is included. Required field experience in which students implement instructional strategies learned in class and present quality children’s literature in settings appropriate for licensure area. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA, C- or higher in PSY 101 and EDU 220, 225 (Early Childhood); EDU 220, 227 (Middle Childhood). Co-requisite: EIS 285.