This course is a comprehensive approach to the instruction of reading, with a focus on balanced literacy in oral communication, reading, and writing skills across the primary curriculum. Techniques that facilitate growth in listening, viewing, speaking, writing, and reading are designed and implemented in this course. Emphasis focuses on the assessment of children's progress in literacy development and appropriate teaching methodologies throughout Kindergarten through grade four. Narrative and expository sections included in the text enables future teachers to collaboratively discuss, dissect and understand how the literacy concepts, strategies, and other environmental and cultural conditions influence literacy.

This course explains how to create a literate environment in the classroom for students by utilizing children’s literature to teach, remediate, extend, and enjoy. A wide range of reading levels and types of literature for small children, primary, intermediate, middle, and high school will be explored and evaluated. Knowledge of literacy and genre elements will be learned. Reading strategies will be learned to successfully incorporate literature into the classroom.

Effective teaching methodology is introduced that addresses the needs of today's diverse classroom.