W. I. O’Byrne
Literacy Across the Curriculum: Reading and Writing in The Content Areas
University of MichMaineCal
Instructor: W. Ian O’Byrne
This course is designed to provide education majors at the secondary school level with thetheories and pedagogies necessary to effectively teach reading and writing to adolescents incontent area classrooms. The goal of this course is to provide educators with the instructionalstrategies needed to promote reading and writing across the curriculum, along with guidance inmaking these strategies happen in real world situations. The
Standards for Reading Professionals
(International Reading Association, 2004) and the
Position Statement on New Literacies and 21st Century Technologies (International Reading Association, in press)
helped frame the content andskills presented in this course. Content for the course will include a wide variety of materials thatwill provide educators with a working knowledge of the psychological and sociological forcesthat affect adolescent readers and writers. Experiences in this class will range from online/offlinediscussion, in-school fieldwork, to planning for classroom lessons. Educators will leave this classwith the theories and instructional methods needed to start teaching and promoting reading andwriting across the secondary school curriculum.
Students successfully completing this course will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of effective online and offline reading processes, strategies andtheir use in the content area classroom.
Demonstrate knowledge of effective writing and content creation strategies used byadolescents and possibilities for instruction in the content area classroom.
Demonstrate knowledge of lesson planning and appropriate instructional methods to
support adolescents’ reading and writing skills across all content areas.
Demonstrate knowledge of the varied needs of ALL readers and writers in the contentarea classroom, including but not limited to special needs students, English languagelearners, and struggling readers.
Use a variety of curricular materials in the planning and implementation of instructional practices, including online and offline sources, to support ALL learners.
Use instructional grouping options, including individual, small group, and whole class in providing instruction to ALL students.