e-Learning for Educators
|Promoting Reading Comprehension Skills in the Middle School Classroom*|
This workshop will help middle school teachers learn about comprehension strategies that students need to apply in order to comprehend a variety of text types. Participants will explore the challenges students commonly experience with different types of text, strategies employed by successful readers, and instructional approaches to support students in developing reading comprehension strategies. Throughout the workshop, participants will gather ideas about designing a lesson plan that focuses on developing students’ use of comprehension strategies. Participants will leave this workshop with many new strategies to implement and resources for fostering the reading comprehension of their students.
This course will help middle school teachers learn about comprehension strategies that students need to apply in order to comprehend a variety of text types. Participants will explore the challenges students commonly experience with different types of text, strategies employed by successful readers, and instructional approaches to support students in developing reading comprehension strategies. Throughout the course, participants will gather ideas about designing a lesson plan that focuses on developing students use of comprehension strategies. Participants will leave this course with many new strategies and resources for fostering the reading comprehension of their students.
Goals and Objectives
During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to:
Deepen their understanding of the middle school students reading development and effective literacy instruction in grades 6-8
Deepen their understanding of strategies students use to comprehend text
Identify students use of specific comprehension strategies
Identify effective methods for teaching students comprehension strategies
Deepen their understanding of the demands of diverse genres
Develop lesson plans for teaching strategies for strategies-based instruction and for comprehending expository text
Deepen their understanding of the demands of online text
Analyze the ways in which technology can be used to foster students reading comprehension
As a course project, participants will consider the many concepts and strategies covered in this course - direct instruction of strategies, teaching with diverse text types, and using technology to support instruction - and develop a Lesson Plan Project that will best address their students’ reading comprehension needs. The Lesson Plan Project will be evaluated according to the rubric provided to course participants.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.
This course is divided into seven one-week sessions: an Orientation, and six content-based sessions. Each content session includes readings, activities, and an online discussion among course participants. The time for completing each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.
Specific questions about assessment, expectations, or requirements should be directed to the facilitator of this course.
ETLO recommends that the following criteria be used to determine successful completion of this course:
Participation in all session discussion forums;
Completion of the course’s final project, submitted to the facilitator and/or posted in the appropriate discussion forum; and
Completion of the orientation and final course surveys.
Readings and Activities:
Orientation Quiz & Pre & Post Course Surveys:
Copyright and Plagiarism
All resources referenced during the course will be properly documented. Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with course projects, course assignments and course discussions will be original to each course participant. Fair use does not apply to the course project.
Plagiarism, the reproduction of all or any part of another individual’s or organization’s work, by a course participant of work associated with the course project or other course assignments at any point during the course will result in no credit being awarded for the course.
All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.
The grade scheme for this course will be:
Certificates of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Promoting Reading Comprehension in the Middle School, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant as a file attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course. Certificates of Completion are not recognized as being an official course transcript.
Non-Degree Graduate Credit Information
Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Concord University. West Virginia State University or Marshall University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.
This course, Best Practices for Vocabulary Instruction in the Elementary Classroom, will help participants learn and apply the following Common Core English Language Arts Anchor Standards in their teaching:
Key Ideas and Details
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Craft and Structure
5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Knowledge of Language
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
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This course will help teachers to enable their students to meet the following English Language Arts Standards as defined by the NCTE, The National Council of Teachers of English:
1: Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
2: Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.
3: Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
11: Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
12: Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
In addition, this course will help participants meet the following ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers:
2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org
About this Course
This course was developed by EdTech Leaders Online at Education Development Center, in partnership with Alabama Public Television, and the e-Learning for Educators project, funded by a US Department of Education Ready to Teach grant. Alabama Public Television is the nation's first educational television network and is the lead agency coordinating the eight state E-Learning for Educators collaboration, comprised of state departments of education and public television stations in Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The contents do not necessarily represent the policies of the Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.