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Developing Adolescent Readers & Writers

3 Credits
In any classroom, reading and writing can become wonderful tools for young people to use as they grow in their understanding of themselves and the world. This course is designed to give teachers of grades 5-12 practical techniques to help young people become willing and effective readers and writers. Some classrooms may be facing substance abuse, relationship conflicts, teenage mothers and fathers, depression or other issues that make learning difficult. Other classrooms may be full of energetic, enthusiastic learners who seem to produce beyond the teacher's expectations. Discover creative ways of making literature come alive for students so they recognize the value of reading and writing.

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

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Elaine Reimer-Paré

As I work with young readers and writers in my own classroom, I continue to search for ways to engage students with literature and the writing process: How can I help students become more confident and independent readers? How can I help students communicate effectively? How can I help students recognize the inherent value and enjoyment of reading and writing well? Because I know that other teachers ask themselves these same questions, I am passionate about my work at Fresno Pacific. The opportunity to engage with other teaching professionals is inspiring and rewarding; I hope that a collaborative sharing of ideas and strategies will enrich our teaching of reading and writing even further.