Undergraduate Reading Courses

READ 0303. Basic Reading. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of ways a student may enhance existing reading and writing skills; evaluate and examine new theories of learning in relation to individual needs; develop problem solving abilities and critical thinking; acquire individual capacities for understanding oneself in relation to college expectations. The class will use relevant, pertinent materials designed to enrich a student's background knowledge.

READ 3301. Introduction to Children's Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of literature for children grades EC – 8 focusing on the use of classic and contemporary texts to promote interest, motivation, and critical reading skills for self-selected reading. Credit will not be granted for READ 3301 and ENGL 3350. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of SOPH level ENGL.

READ 3311. Literacy for the Early Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of research-based competencies essential for effective literacy instruction in the early years. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, 3 hours SOPH ENGL and concurrent enrollment in READ 3321.

READ 3321. Early Childhood Literacy Field Implementation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This course is designed to give students field-based experiences in the early childhood classroom. Students will develop practical lessons and activities to be used in the literacy classroom and apply knowledge and skills about instructional strategies, materials, and best-practices in the early grades classroom. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 3320 or EDUC 3321.

READ 3351. Content Area Literacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content text and teaches specific instructional strategies which promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study strategies, and test-taking skills. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 and a Sophomore level English.

READ 3356. Content Area Literacy for Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content texts. The course includes specific instructional strategies that promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study and test-taking skills, and ways to modify text for diverse learners including English Language Learners, Gifted and Talented, Special Education and other cultural groups. Attention is given to the principles of research-based reading instruction for EC-6 and 4-8 pre-service teachers. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 and a Sophomore level English.

READ 3384. Literacy for the Middle Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A field-based course surveying research-based competencies essential for effective literacy instruction in the middle years. Prerequisites: READ 3311, Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 3330.

READ 4086. Reading Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, application and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of the instructor and department head.

READ 4309. Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course focuses on theory and instructional strategies for teaching and assess literacy learning with EC-6 and 4-8 learners in a school setting. It includes the writing process, genres of children's literature and writing genres, evaluation of children's literature, teaching with mini-lessons using children's literature as mentor texts to teach writing, stages of writing in relation to early literacy, state and national standards for writing, high stakes writing tests and writing to learn. Prerequisites: READ 3311 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

READ 4310. Concepts of Literacy Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of literacy initiatives and concepts for grades EC – 8. Prerequisites: Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4315 or EDUC 4330.

READ 4331. Assessment Field Implementation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This course is designed to give students field-based experiences in the use of assessment to analyze students’ strengths and needs, evaluate teacher effectiveness, and guide instructional planning for individuals and groups. The focus of this course will include the application of technology-based and traditional assessment models to enhance students’ literacy achievement, including ELLs and students with special needs. Prerequisite: READ 3321. Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

READ 4384. Literacy and Reading Problems Assessment for the Middle Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course is a field-based course surveying the characteristics of the middle to upper elementary learner and methods of assessment and instruction in all aspects of literacy including comprehension, vocabulary, and word identification in the context of state learning standards. The course also includes an examination of normal reading development, reading difficulties, including dyslexia, and strategies for assessing/addressing reading differences including diverse learner reading processes and development of literacy of English Language Learners. Prerequisite: READ 3311, Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program.