Accelerated and Enriched Instruction → Staff Resources → Continuing Professional Development → Extending and Enriching Reading Language Arts Instruction
RD-40: Extending and Enriching Reading Language Arts Instruction
The 2-credit course is designed to support teachers as they guide all students to reach high performance standards in reading/language arts. Participants learn ways to integrate best practices from research-based programs like Junior Great Books and William and Mary into the balanced literacy classroom.
By the end of the ten weeks, participants will have:
- Developed an understanding of rigor and its implications for reading/language arts planning and instruction.
- Explored ways to integrate best practices from Junior Great Books, William and Mary and other research-based programs to increase rigorous
instruction that challenges all students.
Session Topics Include
- Breadth and Depth of Reading
- Oral and Written Response to Reading
- Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction Reading and Writing
- Questioning and Discussion Models
- Inquiry Learning
- Planning – The Backwards Design Process
- Critical Thinking in the Language Arts
- Awakening the Genius in the Classroom by Thomas Harvey
- Nonfiction Matters by Stephanie Harvey
- Listen to This: Developing an Ear for Expository by Marcia S. Freeman
- Lives of the Writers by Kathleen Krull
- Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin
- Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin
- Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin
- Wondrous Words by Katie Wood Ray
Participants select a lesson from the Reading/Writing/Language
Arts Instructional Guide and extend it to provide further
challenge. Participants implement the revised lesson with
students and share resulting work samples.