Summer 2021 - EDUC 473W E200

Designs for Learning: Reading (4)

Class Number: 2422

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Offers theoretical and practical information about teaching reading in K-12 general education settings. Students with credit for EDUC 473 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


This course will be offered remotely and synchronously.  Students are expected to be online and available during scheduled class times.  See 'Grading Notes' section for more details.

Reading is critically important for success in school and in other aspects of life. In this course, we will examine what research tells us about best practice in reading instruction and, more importantly, how to apply this knowledge in today’s diverse classrooms. There will be a focus on strategies and approaches to support the needs of all learners, while applying the foundational concepts in B.C.’s redesigned curriculum. Through selected readings, on-line activities, and dialogue, students will explore a variety of reading strategies and methods, paying particular attention to acquiring a knowledge base of research, theory, and best practice. We will be using Zoom as well as discussions on Canvas.


By the end of the course students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the research regarding best practice in reading instruction and how to apply this knowledge in classrooms with learners with diverse needs and interests
  • Learn to design lessons and learning experiences to support students’ reading development based on assessment information
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of motivation, engagement and a supportive environment in the development of literacy skills


  • Meaningful participation in class sessions and completion of reflective writes 10%
  • Strategy demonstration in small groups 20%
  • Article review 15%
  • Running record assignment 10%
  • Final in class write, demonstrating the big ideas of the class 10%
  • Final project (completed in groups or individually, choice of project) 35%


Due to the intensity of remote teaching and learning we will have a shorter class with opportunities for discussion and assistance after class). The class assignments, discussions and summaries will be posted in weekly modules on Canvas.

This is a writing intensive course.  There is no final exam for this course.


Students are expected to actively participate in the on-line classes and complete readings and assignments. Marks will be based on a combination of individual and group assignments.



You will require the use of a laptop or tablet and have access to WIFI.


Graves, Michael F., Juel, Connie, Graves, Bonnie B. & Dewitz, Peter F. (2020). Teaching Reading in the 21st Century, 6th Ed. Pearson.

eText ISBN: 9780135169964
ISBN: 9780135196755

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).