Reading Instruction and Children's Books
Although children’s librarians think learning to read is about books, teachers use buzz-words such as lexile, phonics and word walls. Parents and students are often seeking grade appropriate reading materials. Several methods are used to determine grade level. In order for children’s librarians to effectively assist patrons, they need to understand how to interpret grade levels assigned to books by publishers and educators.
This course will provide children’s librarians with an understanding of different methodologies for reading instruction and ways that the grade-level of reading materials are determined. Books, periodicals, websites and other material that children need to read will be evaluated from these perspectives. Librarians will be encouraged to develop strategies for explaining these grading formulae to parents and to communicate more effectively with teachers as a result of their understanding.
Participants will be able to assist children, parents and teachers in selecting reading material that is appropriate for students who are developing reading skills. You will:
- contrast instructional methods used to teach reading in elementary schools
- compute grade levels of children’s reading materials using accepted formulas
- apply readability tests to books, periodicals, websites and other materials that children may need to read
- interpret readability strategies and numbers for library patrons seeking appropriate material
Who Should Attend
Children’s librarians in public libraries and schools; library paraprofessional and support staff who are working with students, parents and teachers; teachers who are not trained in reading instruction would also benefit from this course.
Course Level & Prerequisites
This course is open to library staff and teachers of all experience levels; no prerequisites are required.
Date(s) & Time(s)
This is a five week Moodle course run asynchronously, meaning you will never need to login to your computer on a certain date/time. However, there will be assignments and discussions that need to be completed by a certain date. This course will begin the week of July 9, 2012.
Credits &/or CEUs
College credit nor CEU's are available at this time. ALSC's online courses are the equivalent of a one day face-to-face workshop. A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.
Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. Some states will review your certificate of completion and course syllabus to determine eligibility. A PDF copy of the syllabus can be provided to you upon request.
Class size is limited to 30 students.
ALSC Personal Member: $95
ALA Personal Member: $145
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Computer, internet connection, web browser.
Interested in sponsoring this course? Contact Jenny Najduch, ALSC Marketing Specialist, at the email or phone number above.