COURSE TITLE: Cross Curricular Literacy
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: 3 credits (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 1 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course familiarizes secondary education students with the diverse literacy needs of the adolescent learner. Emphasis on the learning of teaching strategies that will help students comprehend expository texts in a variety of subject specializations.  Students will explore reading and writing beyond the acquisition of skills, as well as, engage in discussions about critical, technological and media literacies.

This course is open only to students in the B.Ed. (AD) Secondary Program.
COURSE TEXTBOOK: Readings: Education 409 Course Pack
Joseph, P. B., Ed. (2011). Cultures of Curriculum. New York: Routledge.
10 weekly journal entries15%
Small group curriculum framework presentations10%
Course plan project25%
4 small group literacy strategy presentations10%
Literacy lesson plan project25%
Literacy test15%

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Education 409 offers pre-service high school teachers a set of frameworks, understandings, and practices that address the literacy needs of junior and senior high school students in a variety of subject areas. Students will…
  1. be able to describe a complex understanding of literacy which includes characteristic features of communication in their subject areas. 
  2. accept the responsibility of providing literacy instruction in all areas of the curriculum.
  3. experience, understand, and begin to implement the benefits of a supportive learning environment for literacy development.
  4. understand basic literacy learning principles such as the learning cycle.
  5. develop capacity to plan instruction that incorporates literacy learning principles.
  6. extend capacity to identify and generate curriculum frameworks
  7. develop course planning ability.
  • Course Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Curriculum Frameworks
  • Lesson 3:  Constructing Understanding
  • Seminar 1:Sustaining Indigenous Traditions 
  • Lesson 4: Developing Self and Spirit
  • Lesson 5: Educating through Occupations 
  • Seminar 2: Deliberating Democracy 
  • Lesson 6: Connecting to the Canon 
  • Seminar 3: Confronting the Dominant Order 
  • Lesson 7: Teaching for Transformation
  • Class 8: Building a Curriculum Framework 
  • Seminar 4: Envisioning Peace 
  • Class 9: Curriculum Chunking
  • Class 10: Unit Speed Build 1
  • Class 11: Unit Speed Build 2
  • Class 12: Course Plan Components
  • Seminar 5: Course Planning Workshop Time 
  • Class 13: Course Planning Workshop Time
  • Class 14 Course Planning Workshop Time
  • Class 15: The Reader 
  • Class 16: Understanding the Reader Workshop
  • Seminar 6: Small group presentations on Understanding the reader
  • Class 17: The Context
  • Class 18: Shaping the Context Workshop
  • Seminar 7: Small group presentations on Shaping the Context
  • Class 19: Text
  • Class 20: Presenting Text Workshop 
  • Class 21: Literacy Teaching Strategies
  • Seminar 8: Small group presentations on Presenting Text 
  • Class 22: Literacy Teaching Strategies
  • Class 23: Literacy Teaching Strategies 
  • Seminar 9: Small group presentations on Literacy Teaching Strategies 
  • Class 24: Fluency, Word Study, & Vocabulary
  • Class 25: Vocabulary—Selecting Words and Using Morphology 
  • Seminar 10 Small group presentations on Teaching Vocabulary
  • Class 26: Comprehension 
  • Class 25: Comprehension 

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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