The purpose of this course is to introduce practices for teaching both basic literacy skills as well as distinct approaches to literacy that are used in academic disciplines such as science, mathematics, and history. While lower elementary teachers will learn strategies to ensure the mastery of basic literacy skills, middle and high school teachers in discipline-specific courses will advance their knowledge and expertise to help students interpret the complex texts associated with each distinct discipline. Further, elementary, middle and high school teachers will focus on discrete ways that writing is used in the specific discipline so that students learn writing practices that are specific to the various subjects and purposes. Of additional importance is the inclusion of English Language Learners and research to support their development of basic and academic literacy skills.
The class is completely online and asynchronous, which means there is never a set time when you are required to be online with the instructor. It is also possible to take this course simultaneously with Phases I, II, III.