Summer 2023 - EDUC 473W D100

Designs for Learning: Reading (4)

Class Number: 4657

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Jun 19, 2023: Tue, Thu, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • 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.


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 curriculum. Through selected readings, 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.


  • 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%
  • Chapter facilitation and strategy demonstration in small groups 20%
  • Article review 15%
  • Reading Observation Assessment 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%


Students are expected to actively participate in the classes and complete readings and assignments.  Marks will be based on a combination of individual and group assignments. It will be beneficial to have a laptop or tablet. This is a writing intensive course. There will be no final exam in this course.



Graves, Michael F., Juel, Connie, Graves, Bonnie B. & Dewitz, Peter F. (2020). Teaching Reading in the 21st Century, 6th Ed. Pearson (e-test)
ISBN: 9780135169964

Graves, Michael F., Juel, Connie, Graves, Bonnie B. & Dewitz, Peter F. (2020). Teaching Reading in the 21st Century, 6th Ed. Pearson (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0135196755


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