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University of New Mexico
Teacher Preparation Program
TEACHING READING IN THE CONTENT AREAS
LLSS 538 Spring 2005
UNM-Farmington at San Juan College

I. Instructor

II. Course Description

III. Responsibilities

IV. Course Texts

V. Course Opportunities

VI. Evaluation

VII. Attendance

VIII. Accommodation

IX. Plagiarism and X. Accreditation

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LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Reading Autobiographies

Write an autobiography of your own reading history. What was the first memory you had of a book, of listening to stories? Who read them? Who told them? What were your first memories of writing? As you developed what were your experiences in learning to read and write?

The writing of this personal history will be 'a work in progress' as you revise it during the course. The final revision will be shared with your colleagues along with type-written copy to be handed in. You will begin the initial writing during our first class session. This should not be a 'last minute' piece of writing. The final copy should reflect a well-crafted, thought-out, and thought-provoking piece of quality writing.

Include an ending paragragh describing your own educational philosophy about teaching and learning. What role do you believe "reading" plays in the educational process? What are important questions, concerns, and/or issues?

Read Aloud

Each student will have the opportunity to read a chapter aloud in each of our sessions. A chapter book will be chosen in class.

BLOG Discussion Forum

"Experience without reflection is hollow" as Cooper and Collins noted in their book The Power of Story. You will be asked to post your comments, reflections, opinions, attitudes, experience on our online discussion forum throughout the class. The website is at http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/reflection/

Readings from Professional Literature

To augment, challenge, and extend the contents of our complementaty texts, students will also read from professional literature - one journal article and one academic book.

Discussion of the book should model the Socratic Method of Inquiry and Reciprocal Teaching. The Socratic thinking will be used throughout our course.

Journal article presentations are oral deliveries of 15-20 minutes (approximately) with the presenter summarizing the article and leading a group discussion with initial questions. Journal articles will be selected and assigned by the instructor and will be on file in our classroom.

Academic book presentations are oral deliveries of 15-20 minutes (approximately) with the presenter highlighting key points leading a group discussion and initiating questions. Obtaining books are the sole responsibility of students. Link to Booklist is also included in Tentative Schedule

Reading Strategies

Each student will present a 'Show-N-Tell' demonstrating one reading strategy including purpose, process and example of a lesson in the context of a content area of study.

Creative Collaborative Project

Students will work in collaborative teams of three to present an Exhibit on the theme: Freedom and Responsibility. Judging Criteria: Informative | Inventive | Inspirational | Interactive

See checklist of Assignments

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