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Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Beginning and Transitional Readers

Course Description:

Students need phonics instruction that will help them apply their knowledge and transfer their learning to a variety of literary situations. Solidify your awareness of developmental sequences in spelling as you learn to embed phonics and spelling instruction into a robust literacy curriculum. You will get an intricate look at each of the stages of spelling development, and carefully examine the lessons you put in front of students at the most critical times. A rich syllabus will support you as you gain foundational knowledge and explore research-based instructional activities designed to improve student’s word-solving strategies. Readings and articles will help you evaluate digital resources specifically created to support phonics instruction, and guide you as you think of ways to integrate these tools into your lessons. You will come to understand the vital role of assessment in high-quality instruction, and familiarize yourself with assessment practices that allow for optimal differentiation within a classroom setting. The course will help you gain insight into characteristics of diverse learners – both English language Learners, as well as struggling readers – and learn how to address the specific needs of these students. Through readings, interactive activities, journal reflections and discussion questions, you will have the chance to collaborate with others while consistently being given the opportunity to reflect on your own accumulation of knowledge. The final project for the course will allow you to “show what you know” as you develop a series of standards bearing phonics lessons for a student in a case study. You will leave this course with a much deeper understanding of how spelling development and phonics instruction intertwine in the evolution of your students as readers and writers, and also with a wealth of resources to implement in your own classroom.

** Please note that you will be required to read selections from Words their way: Word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction (6th Edition) by Bear, D.R., Invernizzi, M., Johnston, F., & Templeton, S. (2016). You will need to acquire a copy of this text from your school's professional learning library, purchase a copy, or rent the eTextbook prior to starting the course. **

Note: This is a facilitated course. Learners submit coursework and participate in asynchronous discussions throughout the course term, and receive graded feedback.

For assignments and evaluation details, see the full Syllabus.

Similar to an in-person undergraduate or graduate-level course, the number of hours identified for this course reflects the expected amount of time learners will spend online, but does not reflect the total time spent completing coursework and assignments offline.

Subject Area:
Reading/Language Arts
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