Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ED 123
Course Title:
Instructional Strategies: Reading
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Special Fee:

Course Description

Introduces components of the reading process and techniques for teaching reading to kindergarten through grade 8 students. Includes assessment and methods for teaching students with special needs. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The student will be able to:

  • Apply current research-based strategies in the following six areas to assist K-12 students in learning to read:
    a. Concepts of Print
    b. Phonemic Awareness
    c. Alphabetic Understandings
    d. Vocabulary
    e. Comprehension
    f. Fluency
  • Use current research-based diagnostic procedures to determine appropriate instructional level, monitor progress, and determine effectiveness of instruction in each of the above areas.
  • Select and deliver reading motivation activities.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students€™ progress for this course will be articulated by the instructor at the beginning of the course. Methods may include one or more of the following: attendance, class participation, examinations, presentation of mini-lessons in reading, reports on field experiences. Content assessed will be directly related to the student competencies outlined below.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1.      Define each of the 6 strands involved in the reading process.
2.      Discuss differences in approaches to teaching the reading process.
3.      Discuss the roles of assessment in instruction.
4.      Perform, score and graph individual assessments appropriate for K-8 students in each of the strands to inform instructional  
5.      Describe the typical development of a reader in terms of the strands.
6.      Prescribe alternatives for students struggling with reading.
7.      Describe and demonstrate instructional methods to facilitate learning in each of the strands for students with various instructional
          needs (K-8).
In addition the students will demonstrate
Communication: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to communicate effectively by determining the purpose of communication; analyzing audience and context to sue appropriate language and modality; and by responding to feedback to achieve clarity, coherence, and effectiveness.
Community and Environmental responsibility: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to apply scientific, cultural, and political perspectives in understanding the natural and social world and in addressing the consequences of human activity both globally and locally, demonstrating an understanding of social change and social action.
Critical thinking and problem solving: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to think critically and creatively to solve problems, understanding and using various methods of reasoning and evaluating information and it sources.
Culture Awareness: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the varieties of human cultures, perspectives, and forms of expressions as well as their own cultures complexities.
Professional Competence: Graduates of Portland Community College should demonstrate mastery in a discipline of profession at a level appropriate to program and transfer requirements through the application of concepts, skills, processes, and technology in the performance of authentic tasks that enhance community involvement and employability.
Self-reflection: Graduates of Portland Community College should be self-appraising in applying the knowledge and skills they have learned, examining and evaluating personal beliefs and comparing them with the beliefs of others.