Spring 2024 - EDUC 472 E100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 6598

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 5:30–9:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Focuses on developing knowledge, skills and strategies to create a rich and stimulating language arts program in the elementary classroom. Issues in reading, writing, speaking and listening will be examined through current theory and teaching practice.


Joining theory and practice, this course will provide future and practicing teachers a deeper understanding of the developmental nature of reading, writing, oral and digital literacies in the elementary grades. Students will have opportunities to explore and critique a range of children’s literature and recognize the holistic value of engaging with narrative writing.   In addition, we will examine current issues relevant to teaching language arts, including multiculturalism, equity and diversity, “at risk” students, ELL learners, refugee education, disabilities and the impact of technology on learning, including coding.  Students will become familiar with a repertoire of instructional strategies, activities, and resources related to the New Curriculum.  A particular focus will be on integrating Indigenous ways of learning into daily teaching, and working with children at their level in advancing reading and writing skills.  Students will have opportunities to analyze, develop and apply techniques for on-going reading assessment and evaluation.


Understand how theory informs practice, especially in the six language arts.

Design lesson plans in a way that encourages access, engagment, inclusion and differentiation for individual children’s needs. Apply knowledge within various teaching strategies, especially using Indigenous ways of learning.  Participate in group learning and developing assessment tools that allow children to demonstrate their new knowledge.


  • Participation 20%
  • Research paper 30%
  • Canvas Narrative Portfolio 20%
  • Integrated Lesson Presentation 30%



Tompkins, G., Bright, R., & Windsor, P. (2018). Language and literacy: Content and teaching strategies. Toronto: Pearson Canada.***Seventh Canadian edition.

(E-Book: 12-month access eTextbook: ISBN-13: 9780137595273 (This textbook is on reserve in the Bennett library.)

Additional materials will be handed out in class or accessed online. 

ISBN: 978-0-13-409589-9


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