Tentative Course Calendar(subject to change based upon the needs of the class)
Class One
Essential Question(s): What is reading? What key vocabulary is associated with the reading act? What characterizes a flipped classroom? What are the 15 principles of reading instruction?
*See Materials page, Week One for additional information

Class Two
Essential Question(s): What are the theories of reading? What is meant by the"science of reading instruction"? How do the National Reading Panel's findings impact reading instruction? What are the theories of reading? What are the differences in Tier 1, 2, & 3 vocabulary words?

Class Three
Essential Question(s): What is the goal of the Common Core State Standards? What strands of English Language Arts (ELA) are the standards arranged around? What are the strands in the writing process? What does a literacy practicum experience look like? What are the development stages of writing?

*See Materials page, week three; Flipped Classroom page, number three

Class Four
Essential Question(s): What comprises a novel study guide? What CCSS standards work with a quick write? What are Chall's reading stages? What steps comprise the writing process?

Class Five
Essential Question(s): What is an open-mind portrait? What skill does it reinforce? What is vocabulary graffiti? How can you use it in your teaching? What are the theories of language acquisition? How does language acquisition impact the teaching of literacy? Why is it necessary to consider the reading process when teaching literacy?
*See Materials page, week five

Class Six
Essential Question(s): What is a Directed-Listening-Thinking-Activity (DLTA)? What is a semantic feature analysis (SFA)? Why is vocabulary development important? What is the difference in assessment and evaluation? How does formative assessment influence pedagogy and methodology?
*See Materials page, week six

Class Seven
Essential Question(s): What is a concept-terms/details review frame? What is assessment? What types of assessment/evaluation are there? How does formal assessment impact teaching? What is emergent literacy? Who is credited with coining the term? What is environmental print, logo language, and rebus sentences? How do these aid teaching? What are the three levels of listening?

*See Materials page, week six

Class Eight
Essential Question(s): What is emergent and family literacy? What are the 5 strands of English language arts? How is a literature circle implemented? Why implement a literature circle? What genres classify literature? What are rubrics? What is the difference in holistic and analytic rubrics?

*See Materials page, week seven

Class Nine
Essential Questions: What is an opinion/proof chart? How can it be used in teaching/learning? What are rubrics? What is the difference in analytic and holistic rubrics? What is phonics, blends, digraphs, and morphology? How do you teach phonics?

Class Ten
Essential Questions: What is a graffiti wall? How can it be used to enhance comprehension? What is a carousal activity? How can it be used as a formative assessment tool? What genres comprise literature study? What is SSR/DEAR? What is a hack-a-thon? How does it apply to education? What are the four cueing systems? How do these impact reading? Literacy?

Class Eleven
Essential Questions: What is fluency? What are the components of fluency? How do you assess fluency? What are the genres and sub-genres of reading text? What is text-based evidence and close reading? What CCSS encompasses text-based evidence?

Essential Questions: How can I use a Vialogue in teaching? What components comprise fluency? How does fluency, or lack thereof, impact reading success? What strategies can be used to promote fluency? How can I calculate fluency? What skill does understanding character traits help? What comprises the syntactic cuing system? Why should I teach about comma usage? Why is it important for readers to be able to identify syllable types in words?

Essential Questions: What are character traits? How does recognizing character traits impact comprehension? What is content area literacy? Is content literacy the same as content knowledge? Why or why not? Why is content area literacy important? Why is vocabulary knowledge important to comprehension? What is choral reading (i.e. antiphonal, dialogue, cumulative choral reading, & impromptu choral reading)?

Spring Break (No Class Meetings)

Class Fourteen
Essential Questions: What book awards are most notable in children's literature? How does characterization study fit into the reading curriculum? What are two types of phonics instruction?

Class Fifteen
Essential Questions: What is Response to Intervention (RTI)? What are the characteristics of picture books? What is the difference between retelling and summarizing?

Class Sixteen
Essential Questions: What is the history of children's literature? Why is it useful to evaluate picture books? How can literacy centers enhance instruction in an ELA classroom? How can you make comprehension and reading traditional literature interactive?

*See Materials page, week 10

Class Seventeen
Essential Questions: How can you make comprehension and reading traditional literature interactive? How is the Dolch Basic Sight Word Test administered? What does it reveal about a child's reading ability? What is explicit teaching? When might you use it? What comprises the Context for Learning of the EdTPA?

Class Eighteen
Essential Questions: What is reading diagnosis? What are running records? How can they inform teaching reading? What does the San Diego Quick Assessment gauge? How is it administered? What are the patterns for cinquain poetry? How can Elkonin Boxes aid the teaching of reading?

Class Nineteen
Essential Questions: How do you implement a running record? How do you analyze errors made? How do you identify the cuing system associated with the errors made? What is readability? Why do we look at readability? What is the Gunning Fog Index? What is Lexile level?

Class Twenty
Essential Question(s): What is the cloze procedure? How do you implement, score, and analyze the cloze procedure? Who is credited with creating the cloze procedure? What is the difference between progressive, regressive, and successive cloze? What is Burgess summary cloze, zip cloze, and maze procedure? What are literature circles?

Class Twenty-one
Essential Question(s): What is the difference between a challenged and a banned book? What is an affective graphic organizer? How do you respond to a censorship challenge? What is a fishbowl activity? What makes the fishbowl activity a close read? How does it meet CCSS? What is Anania poetry? What are the various types of poetry? How valid is the Fry Instant Word List?

Class Twenty-Two
Essential Question (s): What is an informal reading inventory (IRI)? What is differentiated instruction? What is problem-based learning? What is dyslexia, disgraphia, and other learning disabilities associated with reading and writing?

Class Twenty-Three
Essential Question(s): How is the round-robin post-it note strategy implemented? What is an Informal Reading Inventory? What type of assessment is it? What are context clues? What theory of reading makes use of context's influence on comprehension? How can writing be implemented across the curriculum?

Class Twenty-four
Essential Question(s): Why is handwriting important? What handwriting formats are there? What interventions are there for common reading difficulties? What does the reader-response theory entail?

Class Twenty-five
Essential Question(s): What characterizes the reading (literate) environment?

Class Twenty-six
Review/Praxis Prep

Class Twenty-seven
Review/Praxis Prep