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Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts

Course Details

Course Number
READ 4213
Fall 2015
Days & Times


M & W 8:00 – 11:50   

Dr. Emily Kate Reeves (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Course Objectives based upon the State Standards:

The goals of the Reading Block are based on the Frameworks for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson (handout); the Standards for English Language Arts & Reading developed by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International Reading Association (IRA) (; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) (

Standards/ Objectives:

4.0   Pedagogy for English Language Arts:  Candidates acquire and demonstrate the dispositions and skills needed to integrate knowledge of English language arts, students, and teaching.  As a result, candidates will:

·        describe how children learn and the implications for teaching the language arts.

·        prepare and use a variety of instructional techniques, materials and resources (including technology) for the integrated teaching of the language arts/content areas.

·        design a literacy environment that promotes students’ learning and self-esteem.

·        plan and organize an integrated thematic unit for presenting in a public school classroom.

·        explain informal and formal assessments used in language arts classrooms.

·        plan strategies for teaching reading and language arts to speakers of other languages.

·        plan strategies for use in each of five approaches to teaching the language arts:  Literature Focus Units; Literature Circles; Reading & Writing Workshop; Theme Cycles; and the Four Block Plan.

Human Diversity Standards

2. To learn to apply concern for diversity to the learning process


6. To ensure responsiveness to diverse sociological, linguistic, cultural and other factors that may affect students’ development and learning


Focus of the Course:

            1.  Learning and the Language Arts/Scientifically-based instruction

2.  Teaching and Assessing the Language Arts

3.  Emergent Literacy (Early Reading Instruction: Phonological Awareness/Phonemic Awareness/Phonics)

4. Personal Writing

5. Oral Language: Listening and Talking

6.  Written Language: Reading and Writing (Comprehension/Fluency)

7.  Visual Language: Viewing and Visually Representing (Comprehension)

8.  Building Vocabulary (Vocabulary)

9.  Comprehending and Composing Stories (Comprehension/Fluency)

10. Investigating Non-Fiction (Comprehension/Fluency)

11. Exploring Poetry (Comprehension/Fluency)

12. Learning to Spell Conventionally

13. Language Tools: Grammar and Handwriting

Course Expectations


Dispositions:  Reading/Language Arts students are expected to demonstrate the performances essential for meeting the reading/language arts needs of all students.

Reading/Language Arts education professionals:

are committed to using research-based instruction.

            are committed to assessing learner needs to plan appropriate instruction.

are aware that the best assessments are conducted over time and compare the child’s past and present abilities.

display positive dispositions related to the teaching of the language arts.

value students’ interests, reading abilities, and backgrounds as foundations for the reading/language arts program.

help parents find ways to support learning begun at school in enjoyable ways.

Grading Standards


Examinations (40%):  Forty percent of the intern’s final grade will be determined by performance on tests which will cover material covered in class and material in the required text. 

Thematic Unit (60%):  Sixty percent of the intern’s final grade will be determined by the preparation and organization of the thematic unit. 

Class Activities/Participation:  Although the course requires a thorough understanding of the readings and assignments, participation in class discussions/activities will provide the basis for learning and assessment.  Attendance is very important.  See attendance policy for points deducted for absences from class.

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


The majority of the class activities will be interactive in nature and difficult to “make up” if you are absent.  Be on time and don’t leave early.  Students, who arrive after class has started or leave before it ends, will be counted absent.  Class attendance and promptness to class are crucial to successful completion of this course.  Points will be deducted for each absence as follows:  1 absence = -2 points from final grade; 2 absences = an additional 3 points from final grade; 3 absences = an additional 5 points from final grade; 4 absences = dropped from the class.  For example, if you have two absences, five points will be deducted from your final grade.

Other Policies


Academic Honesty:  MSU students demand of themselves the highest level of academic honesty as delineated in their honor creed.  Academic honesty involves the submission of work that is wholly the student’s own work, except in the case of assigned group work.  Additionally, academic honesty involves the proper citation of other author’s works.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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