Improving Reading Comprehension Skills in Content Area Classes, T&L 900Instructor: Naomi McGaughey
Language Arts & Instructional Strategies
Audiences: High School & Middle School
Learn the reading comprehension skills that good readers use as tools, consciously or subconsciously, to help them make meaning from what they read. These strategies will not address decoding skills or the most basic of reading skills. However, they can be used to enhance what is already occurring in your classroom.
By learning these strategies, readers at all levels of competency are empowered to:
- become more proficient at making meaning
- comprehend text more fluently
- become more engaged in their reading
You will learn to teach reading strategies explicitly, using the gradual release of responsibility model. These reading comprehension skills will help your students to better learn your content area.
Through this online course, you will:
- Identify the proficient reader strategies.
- Examine the value of explicitly teaching comprehension strategies within your content area.
- Analyze the use of schema within your own reading practices.
- Design a series of lessons within your content area to teach one of the proficient reader strategies, using the gradual release of responsibility model.
NOTE: This course applies to the Middle School Endorsement as stated by the North Dakota Education Standards & Practices Board.
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Online Course - 2 credits S/U grading
Professional Development Credits: 2 - S/U grading
UND Fee: $250
Online Course - 2 credits Letter grading
Professional Development Credits: 2 - Letter grading
UND Fee: $250
About Your Instructor
Naomi McGaughey has been with the Grand Forks Public Schools in Grand Forks, ND for 10 years working at Valley Middle School. She received her Masters of Science in Education with a Middle School Education Cognate from the University of North Dakota in 2005. She earned this degree through the Middle School Resident Teacher Program which pairs full time graduate school along with a full time contracted teaching position. Naomi earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education degree with Minors in Middle School and Special Education in 2003 from the University of North Dakota. She also completed a Middle Level Foreign Language Endorsement. Naomi has taught 7th Grade World Geography and 8th grade Foreign Language. She also served as the Assistant Coordinator for Valley's school-wide Interventions Program for 3 years. Naomi has served as the Allied Arts Team Leader, RTI-B (PBIS) Co-Team Leader, Student leadership Advisor, and has served on the district's Character Education Committee. Most recently, Naomi was hired to be a school-wide Instructional Coach for Valley Middle School in August of 2011 working with the Grand Forks Public School's Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Professional Development District Department.