Certificate in Content Literacy: Grades 6-12 Online Course

Discover literacy development strategies that will make content come alive for each and every student!


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Learn How to Develop Literacy Skills

Students must develop literacy skills in order to access, learn, and comprehend. And with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), teachers in all subject areas—science, humanities, history, social sciences, mathematics, and technology—are finding themselves actively involved in their students' literacy development, including skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. In this course, you'll discover literacy development strategies that will make content come alive for each and every student.

We'll review the new literacy standards to see how they relate to the content areas, and uncover the many ways adolescent development is connected to effective teaching. We'll explore differentiated education and see how easy it can be to deliver content to students at varying levels of literacy development. You'll also see how student learning centers can provide a valuable, real-world model of how content learning and literacy skill development can happen simultaneously in every classroom.

In addition, you'll analyze your current teaching practices to identify the effective literacy development that you're already doing. We'll work together to adapt some of your favorite lessons to enhance reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language development. By the end of the course, you'll be confident in your ability to utilize the best of what's new, keep the best of what you've already got, and enjoy being a great 21st-century teacher!

Course Fast Facts:

  • Only 6 weeks to complete this course
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

There are 12 units

Fundamentals of Adolescent Literacy
In our first lesson, we'll examine the difference between literacy and literature, and we'll look closely at the adolescent brain and find out how learning during that life stage is different than learning as a baby, child, or adult. You'll get a quick refresher on the concept of learning styles and discover how we can accommodate a diverse group of learners in a classroom. By the time the lesson is over, you'll be ready to explore the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and see how they address the need for grades 6-12 interdisciplinary literacy.
    
CCSS and Interdisciplinary Literacy
Today we'll explore the history and goals of the CCSS. You'll find out how the developers of the CCSS structured the standards to help prepare students for the 21st century workplace, and you'll see how interdisciplinary literacy fits into the standards. We'll walk through the document together and examine its parts. And finally, we'll discuss how you might use it when you prepare classroom activities.
    
Text Complexity
We know that students need to read more, and they need to read more complex texts. How would you explain what text complexity is? Today, we'll discuss the three aspects of text complexity as described in the CCSS. And by the end of the lesson, you'll see how you can use text complexity analysis in your content area classroom to help students develop their reading skills and more readily master your academic material.
    
Reading Strategies That Build Comprehension in the Content Areas
In this lesson, we'll take an in-depth look at the CCSS reading standards. First, we'll examine the reading anchor standards and see how they're articulated for different grade levels as students read both literature and informational texts. Then, we'll discuss practical examples of reading strategies that you can use in your own content area classroom. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a clear picture of how to use reading strategies to build comprehension in your content area.
    
Writing Strategies That Build Comprehension in the Content Areas
Today we'll explore the writing standards and see how the CCSS articulates them for different grade levels. We'll look at some practical writing strategies that are ideally suited for the content area classroom, and then we'll pop by Ms. X Ample's classroom to see one of those strategies in practice. We'll also examine some of the most common tricks of the trade among English Language Arts teachers, and you'll see how you can apply them to your classroom. After seeing what writing strategies look like in practice, you'll be inspired to try them yourself!
    
Speaking and Listening in the Content Areas
Don't assume your students have mastered their speaking and listening skills. Today we'll explore the Common Core State Standards for speaking and listening. You'll examine how the broad goals of the anchor standards are articulated for the 6-12 grade levels, and we'll take a close look at some speaking and listening activities that are ideally suited for the content area classroom. Along the way, we'll go over a few techniques for maintaining control in a conversational classroom.
    
Argumentation as Literacy Development
Most teenagers enjoy a good debate. There's nothing inherently wrong with this. In fact, we've all seen a well-argued debate lead to some pretty exciting outcomes. So let's take a close look at how argumentation is related to literacy and learn ways to reinforce and encourage the value of debate in your content area classroom.
    
Developing Academic Language in the Content Areas
Language is the basic building block of any society. It's how we communicate, and it's how we record events. In this lesson, we'll examine the CCSS goals for language development, and you'll learn how to help students achieve these goals in your own classroom.
    
Technology and Literacy

Technology has significantly changed the way we teach. Today's lesson is all about integrating the CCSS technology standards into the content area classroom. You'll discover how content learning, classroom technology, and literacy development complement each other and can occur simultaneously. Worried you're not an IT person and don't have the technological skills to succeed? Don't be. We'll address that, too, and by the end of this lesson, you'll be ready to roll up your sleeves and dive headfirst into the technology deep end!
    
Student Learning Centers
Student learning centers are a valuable, real-world model of how content learning and literacy skill development can happen simultaneously in every classroom. In this lesson, you'll learn how to repurpose existing lesson activities as learning center activities, and you'll find out why this approach to working with students in the upper grades is a practical way to integrate literacy development and content learning.
    
Assessment: How Will I Know It's Working?
In today's lesson, you'll find out how content literacy affects formative assessments and summative assessments. You'll learn what formative assessment is and isn't, and you'll learn the three steps to a well-implemented formative assessment. We'll also look at how Ms. X Ample incorporates this type of assessment into her instruction. We'll discuss the five building blocks of formative assessment, and you'll learn some simple strategies you can use in your classroom. We'll also take a close look at summative assessments, and you'll find out about the two new assessment consortia that will administer standardized tests: Smarter    
Literacy Evolution in the Classroom
In our final lesson for this course, we'll make a plan to use the best of what's new, keep the best of what you've already got, and enjoy being a great 21st century teacher. We'll wrap up everything you've learned throughout this course, and we'll examine tools you can use to integrate the CCSS with your existing lesson plans and your school's curriculum.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

About this Course

Learn How to Develop Literacy Skills

Students must develop literacy skills in order to access, learn, and comprehend. And with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), teachers in all subject areas—science, humanities, history, social sciences, mathematics, and technology—are finding themselves actively involved in their students' literacy development, including skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. In this course, you'll discover literacy development strategies that will make content come alive for each and every student.

We'll review the new literacy standards to see how they relate to the content areas, and uncover the many ways adolescent development is connected to effective teaching. We'll explore differentiated education and see how easy it can be to deliver content to students at varying levels of literacy development. You'll also see how student learning centers can provide a valuable, real-world model of how content learning and literacy skill development can happen simultaneously in every classroom.

In addition, you'll analyze your current teaching practices to identify the effective literacy development that you're already doing. We'll work together to adapt some of your favorite lessons to enhance reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language development. By the end of the course, you'll be confident in your ability to utilize the best of what's new, keep the best of what you've already got, and enjoy being a great 21st-century teacher!

Course Fast Facts:

  • Only 6 weeks to complete this course
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

There are 12 units

Fundamentals of Adolescent Literacy
In our first lesson, we'll examine the difference between literacy and literature, and we'll look closely at the adolescent brain and find out how learning during that life stage is different than learning as a baby, child, or adult. You'll get a quick refresher on the concept of learning styles and discover how we can accommodate a diverse group of learners in a classroom. By the time the lesson is over, you'll be ready to explore the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and see how they address the need for grades 6-12 interdisciplinary literacy.
    
CCSS and Interdisciplinary Literacy
Today we'll explore the history and goals of the CCSS. You'll find out how the developers of the CCSS structured the standards to help prepare students for the 21st century workplace, and you'll see how interdisciplinary literacy fits into the standards. We'll walk through the document together and examine its parts. And finally, we'll discuss how you might use it when you prepare classroom activities.
    
Text Complexity
We know that students need to read more, and they need to read more complex texts. How would you explain what text complexity is? Today, we'll discuss the three aspects of text complexity as described in the CCSS. And by the end of the lesson, you'll see how you can use text complexity analysis in your content area classroom to help students develop their reading skills and more readily master your academic material.
    
Reading Strategies That Build Comprehension in the Content Areas
In this lesson, we'll take an in-depth look at the CCSS reading standards. First, we'll examine the reading anchor standards and see how they're articulated for different grade levels as students read both literature and informational texts. Then, we'll discuss practical examples of reading strategies that you can use in your own content area classroom. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a clear picture of how to use reading strategies to build comprehension in your content area.
    
Writing Strategies That Build Comprehension in the Content Areas
Today we'll explore the writing standards and see how the CCSS articulates them for different grade levels. We'll look at some practical writing strategies that are ideally suited for the content area classroom, and then we'll pop by Ms. X Ample's classroom to see one of those strategies in practice. We'll also examine some of the most common tricks of the trade among English Language Arts teachers, and you'll see how you can apply them to your classroom. After seeing what writing strategies look like in practice, you'll be inspired to try them yourself!
    
Speaking and Listening in the Content Areas
Don't assume your students have mastered their speaking and listening skills. Today we'll explore the Common Core State Standards for speaking and listening. You'll examine how the broad goals of the anchor standards are articulated for the 6-12 grade levels, and we'll take a close look at some speaking and listening activities that are ideally suited for the content area classroom. Along the way, we'll go over a few techniques for maintaining control in a conversational classroom.
    
Argumentation as Literacy Development
Most teenagers enjoy a good debate. There's nothing inherently wrong with this. In fact, we've all seen a well-argued debate lead to some pretty exciting outcomes. So let's take a close look at how argumentation is related to literacy and learn ways to reinforce and encourage the value of debate in your content area classroom.
    
Developing Academic Language in the Content Areas
Language is the basic building block of any society. It's how we communicate, and it's how we record events. In this lesson, we'll examine the CCSS goals for language development, and you'll learn how to help students achieve these goals in your own classroom.
    
Technology and Literacy

Technology has significantly changed the way we teach. Today's lesson is all about integrating the CCSS technology standards into the content area classroom. You'll discover how content learning, classroom technology, and literacy development complement each other and can occur simultaneously. Worried you're not an IT person and don't have the technological skills to succeed? Don't be. We'll address that, too, and by the end of this lesson, you'll be ready to roll up your sleeves and dive headfirst into the technology deep end!
    
Student Learning Centers
Student learning centers are a valuable, real-world model of how content learning and literacy skill development can happen simultaneously in every classroom. In this lesson, you'll learn how to repurpose existing lesson activities as learning center activities, and you'll find out why this approach to working with students in the upper grades is a practical way to integrate literacy development and content learning.
    
Assessment: How Will I Know It's Working?
In today's lesson, you'll find out how content literacy affects formative assessments and summative assessments. You'll learn what formative assessment is and isn't, and you'll learn the three steps to a well-implemented formative assessment. We'll also look at how Ms. X Ample incorporates this type of assessment into her instruction. We'll discuss the five building blocks of formative assessment, and you'll learn some simple strategies you can use in your classroom. We'll also take a close look at summative assessments, and you'll find out about the two new assessment consortia that will administer standardized tests: Smarter    
Literacy Evolution in the Classroom
In our final lesson for this course, we'll make a plan to use the best of what's new, keep the best of what you've already got, and enjoy being a great 21st century teacher. We'll wrap up everything you've learned throughout this course, and we'll examine tools you can use to integrate the CCSS with your existing lesson plans and your school's curriculum.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007CLG6OC
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6 Weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 24 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion

Start Dates

This course is available to begin on the following dates

  • 17 July
  • 14 August
  • 11 September
  • 16 October

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