Introduction to Teaching Reading & Language Arts

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Course Description:
This course is a study of specific reading and language arts content skills required for K12 teachers by the FLDOE competencies and skills and national/state/district content standards. Content skills include knowledge of language structure, vocabulary application and standard English conventions, and formal college-level writing; knowledge of key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of information and ideas, all based on text selection. Major areas of study include the reading process as one of the integrated language arts, literature and materials used in teaching assessment, teaching strategies, and current issues in reading instruction. Completion of a series of test prep sessions for the General Knowledge certification exam is required.


Course Details


Dr. Mackenzie Johnson


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Mander, Erin and Tammy Powell. FTCE General Knowledge, 4th ed book + online. ISBN: 9780738612515


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Apply knowledge of language structure, vocabulary, and standard English conventions.

Compose formal college-level writing.

Implement knowledge of key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of information and ideas, all based onthe selection of text.

Comprehend reading from various genres of writing.

Execute study skills.

Employ appropriate skills necessary to pass the English, reading, and writing sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.

Display mastery of specific reading and language arts skills required of Florida K-12 educators.

Implement reading nad language arts skils evident throughout the national, state, and district content standards.

E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6 

Pre-/Post-Tests, Tests, Objective Tests, Unit Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam 


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The primary methods of instruction include class discussions and interactive lecture. Learning strategies may include practice exams, questioning, small group discussions, and simulated computer-based exams. Active student participation is expected, and students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions.


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