READ 3322 Middle School Reading

A course designed to familiarize students with the 4-8 Reading/Language Arts Teacher Standards, as well as the TEKS appropriate to specific content areas. Focus is upon direct, explicit teaching of strategies to improve reading comprehension of a wide range of materials, increase reading vocabulary, and develop written communication skills to support reading in all curriculum areas. Other areas addressed include the teaching of study and inquiry skills, the promotion of oral language and listening skills, and the integration of instructional technology for the advancement of student achievement. Students are also introduced to the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual characteristics of the middle school learner and ways to enhance parent communication at this level. A minimum fifteen-hour field experience in a middle school setting is required.