(PD Title No. REA3455E)
Kids, Content, and Comprehension: Literacy and Learning in Grades 4-12
Proficiency Level: Mastery
Subject(s):Language Arts and Reading,Interdisciplinary
Grade(s): 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,CC
Hours: 30.00


Description:Addressing the learning needs of students in grades 4-12 requires a focus on content area literacy. The content area requirements of these grade levels make it necessary for teachers in all subject areas to provide tools for comprehending subject matter. Understanding the needs of adolescents, incorporating sound instructional practices into daily lessons, and skillfully using comprehension strategies in the content areas will be the focus of this course. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have the knowledge and resources to create effective lessons to help students comprehend text and learn content, thus improving student achievement.
Pre-requisites: This is an introductory course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, and administrators.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.
Objectives: This course will enable participants to:
1. Apply brain research about adolescents to instructional practices.
2. Explore five recommendations for literacy related instruction in content area classrooms.
3. Use active engagement strategies in the classroom.
4. Use a variety of comprehension strategies in content area classrooms.
5. Use strategic teaching in instructional practices.
6. Develop a strategic lesson plan and implement in the content area classroom.