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EDRD 415, Methods and Materials for

Teaching Reading in Elementary School, v3 

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Nancy Douglas

Instructor: Dr. Nancy E. Douglas

Dr. Douglas is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education at The University of Mississippi.

She received her Bachelors degree in Secondary Mathematics and Special Education; Masters degree in Special Education; and Doctorate degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading instruction, all from The University of Mississippi. On campus she teaches courses in reading and special education.

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Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to prepare the prospective teacher to meet the developmental reading needs of elementary learners. The teacher education student will become familiar with strategies for teaching word recognition, vocabulary development, and comprehension.

Attention will be given to integrating writing and recreational reading with an eclectic plan for teaching reading (using the language experience approach, the literature-based approach, individualized reading, the basal reader program, and technology). Information will also be provided on classroom management techniques for the reading teacher and on strategies for effective teaching.

Textbook Information:


Teaching Reading in Today's Elementary Schools, 11th Edition

Betty D. Roe; Sandra H. Smith; Paul C. Burns

ISBN-10: 1-111-29812-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-111-29812-8

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Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Have knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and how to facilitate childrens emergent and developing literacy (INTASC 1, 3, 4, 6, 7) (IRA 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 4.1, 4.3).
  2. Use a wide range of instructional strategies, philosophies, practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction and the use of technology (INTASC 2, 3, 5, 7) (IRA 1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.2).
  3. Use and apply a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction and interventions (INTASC 2, 3, 8) (IRA 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4)
  4. Create and engage students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society (INTASC 2, 3, 5, 7, 10) (IRA 1.3, 2.2, 4.2, 5.2).
  5. Create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing (INTASC 3, 4, 6) (IRA 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 4.4).
  6. Pursue the development of professional skills and dispositions and work effectively with colleagues and understand various phases of a total reading program by assisting the classroom teacher (INTASC 9, 10) (IRA 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4).

Course Outline:


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


Literary Activity - critique

Literary Activity


Chapter 1: The Reading Act

Lesson Assessment


Chapter 2: Use of Technology for Literary Learning

Lesson Assessment,

Literary Activity


Chapter 3: Assessment and Interventions

Lesson Assessment, Literary Activity


Chapter 4: Emergent and Developing Literacy

Lesson Assessment, Literary Activity


Chapter 5: Overview of Word-Recognition Approaches

Lesson Assessment


Chapter 6: Phonics for Word Recognition

Lesson Assessment


Chapter 7: Meaning Vocabulary

Lesson Assessment, Literary Activity

Mid Course Exam

Proctored exam covering Lessons 1-7

To be scheduled

and completed

before proceeding


Chapter 8: Comprehension: Part I

Lesson Assessment


Chapter 9: Comprehension: Part II

Lesson Assessment, Literary Activity


Chapter 10: Major Approaches and Materials for Reading Instruction

Lesson Assessment


Chapter 11: Language and Literature

Lesson Assessment, Literary Activity


Chapter 12: Reading/Study Techniques

Lesson Assessment, Literary Activity


Chapter 13: Reading in the Content Areas

Lesson Assessment

Final Exam

Proctored exam covering Lessons 8-13

To be scheduled

and completed

to finalize credit



92 - 100% = A
83 - 91% = B
74 - 82% = C
65 - 73% = D
Below 65% = F


Categories of Evaluation:
Each student's final course-grade shall be comprised of:

Lesson Assignments = 33%, consisting of 13 Lesson Assignments (50 points each) and 8 Literary Assignments (5 points each)
Midcourse Test = 33%
Final Exam = 34%

TOTAL = 100%

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