Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School
6.0 / Upper
The UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School examination is based on material typically taught in a two-semester, six-credit, upper-level sequence of undergraduate courses in elementary school reading and writing instruction. The content of the examination corresponds to course offerings such as Reading in the Elementary School, Writing in the Elementary School, Teaching of Literacy in the Elementary School, Methods of Teaching Reading, and Reading and Language Arts. The examination measures knowledge and understanding of theoretical frameworks; emergent literacy/beginning reading; identifying and understanding words; constructing meaning: comprehension and response; writing instruction; the teacher as reflective decision maker; implementing a classroom literacy program; and assessment and evaluation. The examination primarily tests for the ability to apply, synthesize, and evaluate information, and for the ability to read critically. The examination assumes an understanding of basic concepts in education and learning theory. (Multiple-choice examination.)
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