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Text Discussion in High School

Explore the research-based strategy of facilitating text discussions that supports the close reading and speaking and listening skills called for in the English Language Arts/Literacy Common Core Standards for grades 9-12.

About This Course

In this course, teachers will learn what the research says about how text discussions, as a form of close reading, improve reading comprehension for adolescents. Teachers will learn how metacognition supports reading and how to incorporate metacognitive reading practices into instruction as a routine. Teachers will learn about different types of student-led groups for having text discussions and ways to create a classroom climate conducive to student participation in text discussions.

As teachers deepen their understanding of text discussion for improving reading comprehension, they will view expert and classroom videos of text discussion in action, learn from research, complete activities to check their learning, and apply this learning to their classroom practice. A course portfolio provides an opportunity to revisit key ideas, strategies, and reflections during and after the course.


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Can't commit to all of the lectures, assignments, and tests? Audit this course and have complete access to all of the course material, tests, people, portfolios, and the online discussion forum. You decide what and how much you want to do.

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Looking to test your mettle? Participate in all of the course's activities (we use the honor code around here) and if your work meets the 85% requirements, you'll receive a personalized certificate to showcase your achievement. You can also apply for course credit (if desired).

Course Staff

Kim Austin

Kim Austin develops research-based content bridging research and instructional practice for the Doing What Works project. For the past three years she has developed and facilitated online courses for charter school teachers focused on secondary reading. Prior to joining WestEd, Kim developed video cases and courses on learning theory and instruction, supported teachers in creating communities of learning in their classrooms, and facilitated Reciprocal Teaching reading groups in elementary school.

Pamela Fong

Pamela Fong focuses on issues of literacy, school reform, college readiness, and Common Core State Standards in her qualitative research and content development at WestEd. As a professional developer for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, Pamela developed modules and led professional development on Reading Apprenticeship, a framework and research-based pedagogical approach for teaching literacy in middle and high school content-area classrooms. Prior to WestEd, she taught curriculum and instruction at the University of San Francisco, academic reading and writing at the University of California at Berkeley, and high school English.

ELA101H ELA/Literacy Shifts in High School
Kim Austin, Pamela Fong
Course Code: ELA210H
Course Release: Sep 08, 2014
Estimated Effort: 15 Hours

Suggested Prerequisites:
ELA101H ELA/Literacy Shifts in High School

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