LIST 5373 (Summer 2010)-Dr. Peggy Semingson

UT Telecampus Course

11-week session



LIST 5373 - Foundations of Literacy Learning in the Primary Grades Balanced literacy approach to literacy instruction in the primary grades (K-4) with an emphasis on reading and writing including the critical areas of: phonics, phonemic awareness, word study, fluency, and comprehension. In addition, the course examines various theoretical models of reading along with the principles of teaching reading and writing using a variety of instructional strategies, effective program organization, assessment, and classroom management. 





Required Textbooks:



  • Smith, J.A. & Read, S. (2009). Early literacy instruction: Teaching reading and writing in today’s primary grades. Boston: Pearson.
  • Dow, R. & Baer, G. (2006).  Self-paced phonics: A text for educators, Fourth Edition. Boston: Pearson, Merrill Prentice Hall.
  • Strickland, D. (2010. Essential readings on early literacy. International Reading Association.


  • Also, pick ONE book from the following list for your professional book club:


1.    Beck, I. L., McKeown, M. G., and Kucan, L. (2002). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction. New York: The Guilford Press.

2.    Cleaveland, L.B., & K. Wood Ray. 2004. About the authors: Writing workshops with our youngest writers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann

3.    Miller, D. (2002). Reading With Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse.

4.    Rasinski, T. (2003) The fluent reader: Oral reading strategies for building word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. New York: Scholastic

5.    Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. 2004. Reading IS Seeing: Learning to visualize scenes, characters, ideas, and text worlds to improve comprehension and reflective reading. New York: Scholastic Professional Books.

6.    Boushey, G., & Moser, J. (2006). The Daily Five. York, ME: Stenhouse.

7.    **Adams, M. (1991). Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print. MIT Press.


**Beginning to Read by Marilyn Adams is a seminal work in the field and is a comprehensive literature synthesis about the research up until the publication date regarding beginning reading. Adams’ work is highly regarded. It is essential reading for literacy scholars. I especially recommend it if you are considering doctoral work in Literacy Studies. There is a “summary” version of this book also available on online bookstore sites, but it is out of print. You can preview a limited version on Google Books to decide if you want to purchase it.


  • Selected articles from the UTA Library Databases and online (two articles total).

Articles from the UTA library database and Internet (use your NetId and    password to   login):

·         Beck, I. L., & McKeown, M.G. (2001). Text Talk: Capturing the benefits of read-aloud experiences for young children. The Reading Teacher, 55(1), p.1- 20. Available:

·         Article: ‘The Six Ts of Effective Elementary Literacy Instruction’ byRichard Allington (2002). Available: or



Points  Possible

Teacher Interview Report


Reading Response, Replies, & Assessment  (8 sets @ 25 points each)


Online Discussion about Book Club book (2 sets @ 20 points each). No self-assessment required Use the same rubric  and template as the regular reading response and replies


Online Book Club PowerPoint Presentation


Reading Improvement Professional Development Handout Draft (10 points for submitting)


Reading Improvement Professional Development Handout for Colleagues—Final version



435 points


Recommended Websites:


General information on reading instruction:


Reading Websites:


Effective Principles of Literacy Instruction:


Literacy Organizations:


International Reading Association

National Council of Teachers of English

Lesson Planning:


Six traits writing

Six traits lesson plans

 [searchable by grade and trait!]



Rubistar [create your own rubrics]:


This website that gives  you actual practice scoring papers based on the six traits. You read a little writing sample, score it, and then compare it to the score they gave it: