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Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades/Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades

Temple University College of Education and Human Development

CRSE Competencies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

Course Description

The purpose of this (writing-intensive) course is to prepare pre-service teachers to teach reading and English/language arts in the upper elementary and middle level settings. Students will be introduced to theories and current views of practice in the literacy field. The areas of language, listening, reading, and writing are presented throughout this course as interrelated and integrated processes. Emphasis will be on providing pre-service teachers with the competencies to implement engaging literacy instructional practices while providing ongoing assessment for a diverse middle grades population. Because good teaching depends on the context, the central aim of the course is not to provide you with easy answers or instructional techniques to use in all circumstances. Rather, it is to help you develop the necessary tools for thinking and working as an educator who can articulate the reasons for teaching decisions and make informed choices about how and what to teach. These tools include ways to examine content, assess your students’ understanding on an ongoing basis, and analyze your teaching.

Why was this course your focus?

“This course is taught in our undergraduate and graduate Middle Grades program. This is one of four methods courses our students take. It is usually offered a semester before their student teaching at both the UG and Graduate levels. This course is paired with a Special Education course and a field experience.”

Meet the Teacher Educator

Dr. Wanda Brooks

Professor

Temple University College of Education and Human Development

Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades/Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades

Course Type

Methods

Competencies

CRSE1 Cultural Lens

CRSE2 Bias

CRSE3 Real World Experiences

CRSE4 Equitable and Differentiated Opportunities

CRSE5 Asset-Based Perspectives

CRSE7 Linguistic Diversity

CRSE8 High Expectations

Content Area

Literacy, Middle Grades

Tags

Mid-program, Undergraduate

Statements

Accessibility statement, Resource statements

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