For teacher candidates in the J/I stream, this course provides an introduction to the theory, research and practice essential for developing student learning in literacy. This course provides instruction for teaching grades 4-6 which will then serve to scaffold further teaching of students (especially those who may struggle) in grades 7-10. Teacher candidates will be enabled to articulate the meaning and implications for a Christian who is teaching within a variety of school systems. Prospective teachers will be introduced to provincial Ministry of Education documents and expectations for learning. Aspects of theory and practice underlying current literary acquisition will be explored. Learning opportunities are provided through interactive dialogic discussion, assigned readings and critique, teaching practice activities, and imaginative literacy opportunities. This course will enable new teachers to make informed choices in developing effective, creative language arts practices for junior literacy learners. (1.5 credits)

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