This course will be devoted to studying, planning for, and practicing various methods of engaging and meaningful reading instruction. Balanced literacy methods covered in this course will include interactive read aloud, reading workshop, shared reading, and phonics/word study. These will be learned through a combination of related readings, demonstrations by the instructor, lesson planning, role-play, studying video clips, and analyzing samples of student work. Participants will also be expected practice methods in their own classrooms
Emphasis will be placed on practicing methods that are responsive to the needs and goals of each particular group of students, and balancing the use of each method according to the needs of the students.
Participants will explore specific methods of assessment including a progression of literacy learning that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. We will demonstrate using authentic, engaging, beautiful literature to support students’ readingand differentiating literacy instruction for all students. This work will take into account special needs, as well as the needs of English Language Learners.
This 3 credit course is offered though a partnership with Franklin Central Supervisory Union, CVEDC, and St. Michael's College.