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Differentiation and Literacy: Teaching Reading and Writing (EDEX 266)

3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit

Course Overview

With the videos in this course, you will be transported to a Best Practices Institute on Differentiating Literacy Instruction held on the campus of the University of Virginia. As a virtual participant in this course, you will learn from author and differentiation expert, Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson. In her presentation, Dr. Tomlinson describes how differentiated instruction can be best used to teach reading and writing in today's diverse classrooms. She gives examples of successful differentiated literacy lesson plans, shares personal experiences, and answers questions about the best ways to apply differentiation to literacy instruction. Also featured are teacher educators demonstrating how to apply differentiation concepts using pre-assessments, visual narratives, and real world documents.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Differentiate your instruction to reach children of varying literacy readiness levels.
  • Improve your instruction by adopting a growth mindset.
  • Use strategies such as flexible grouping and RAFT to enrich your literacy instruction.
  • Create reading and writing lesson plans and units utilizing differentiated instruction.

This course provides an excellent companion to our other three courses, "Introduction to Differentiation," "Differentiated Instructional Strategies: and "Differentiated Assessment Strategies." These four courses provide both the theory and skills necessary to successfully implement a differentiated approach to instruction.

This course is available in VHS or DVD format.


This course is offered through Quality Educational Programs, Inc.