Summer 2023 - EDUC 473W E300

Designs for Learning: Reading (4)

Class Number: 4430

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Wed, 4:30–8:20 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.


The ability to read and write effectively is fundamental to success in school and in other aspects of life. Providing students with high quality instruction that enables them to become effective readers and writers is one of the most important challenges faced by teachers. In this course, we will examine what research tells us about best practice in reading instruction and how to apply this knowledge in the today’s diverse classrooms. There will be a focus on strategies to support the needs of all learners, while applying foundational curricular concepts. Through course readings, lecture activities, and dialogue, students will explore a variety of reading strategies and best practices that support the development of reading skills.


  • Critically assess reading theory and research-based best practice in reading instruction and understand how to apply this knowledge in the design of lessons and learning experiences that meets the needs of diverse learners
  • Demonstrate understanding of how appropriate reading assessments to gather and analyze pertinent information to guide and support student learning
  • Discuss the importance of motivation, engagement and a supportive environment in the development of literacy skills


  • Participation/Attendance 10%
  • Reflections 10%
  • Group Assignments 20%
  • Running Record Assignment 10%
  • Assessment and Instruction Assignment 10%
  • Final Assignment 40%


There will be no final exam. More information on assignments will be provided on the first day of class and elaborated on in the course syllabus.


Active participation is what makes this course a valuable learning experience. The more you engage with course materials, group discussion and in-class learning activities, the more you will grow. Each week it is expected that you have completed the weekly readings and any due assignments prior to our scheduled class time.



Students should have access to course materials for use during each class.


Michael F. Graves, Connie F Juel, Bonnie B. Graves, Peter F. Dewitz. Teaching Reading in the 21st Century: Motivating All Learners. 6th Ed.

(Older versions not acceptable)


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