RDGED 702 Reading in the Content Areas

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Mary Beth Crum
Summer: June 5 - August 18, 2017

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

Who Should Enroll

  • Classroom teachers
  • Reading teachers
  • Reading specialists
  • Title I teachers
  • Literacy coaches
  • Reading interventionists
  • Science, math, social studies, health teachers
  • Music and the arts teachers
  • Foreign language teachers
  • ELL teachers
  • Speech pathologists
  • Special education and resource teachers 

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for 

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer the credit to another university
  • reading certification program 
  • a reading in the content areas state requirement
  • refresher course

This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing reading teacher certification, WI 316

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.


You Will Learn

Course Description: Research-based teaching methods, study strategies, and technology focusing on the abilities to use language processes (reading, writing, speaking, listening) to learn subject matter across the curriculum.

You will learn how to enhance the overall level of reading achievement for 

  • vocabulary
  • literal understanding
  • inferential reading
  • comprehension
  • fluency
  • retention


E-textbooks are included with the tuition, and you will access the e-textbooks after you login to the course. 

You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. 

The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. 

The etextbooks are not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

  1. Billmeyer, Rachel. (2010). , Strategic Reading in the Content Area: Practical Application for Creating a Thinking Environment, 2nd edition. Rachel & Associates. ISBN: 978-0-9711292-6-9

  2. Billmeyer, Rachel. (2006). Strategies to Engage the Mind of the Learner, 2nd edition. Rachel & Associates. ISBN: 978-0-9711292-5-2

    If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book online from http://rachelbillmeyer.com or call Printco Graphics, 888-593-1080, to place an order.

    If you have questions about your order, email Karen Delong at kdelong@printcographics.com
    Printco Graphics, 14112 Industrial Road, Omaha, NE 68144-3332 or call 402-593-1080.

Field Testing Activities

During the course, you will field test specific reading strategies with live subjects in your classroom. 

If you are not currently teaching, you may work with an alternate source of students such as

  • A student in your neighborhood
  • Student in a religious youth group
  • Girls Scout or Boy Scout
  • Student who is being tutored
  • Student attending summer school

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze current literacy culture trends affecting all readers in K-12 content classrooms.

  2. Analyze the school and community cultures affecting content readers' reading behaviors

  3. Informally assess the reading ability of students and the content difficulty load of texts.

  4. Apply a multi-level reading comprehension model for use in developing content reading strategies.

  5. Apply strategies that increase content reader ability to respond from literal through complex levels of understanding

  6. Recognize the three basic types of vocabulary learners and demonstrate ways to teach new vocabulary effectively

  7. Demonstrate strategies that teach students eight patterns of nonfiction found in most informational text material.

  8. Utilize high utility study guides to increase content comprehension.

  9. Distinguish between and apply strategies for teaching learning skills (attitudes, goal setting, monitoring) and study strategies (note taking, organizing, test taking)

  10. Blend the science of content reading (strategies, guides, and resources) with the art of effective teaching (motivation, personal literacy, and classroom management)

Alignment with State and National Reading Standards

This class will help participants meet the International Literacy Association Standards for Reading Professionals (IRA 2010)

Content Guidelines for Reading Teachers State of Wisconsin - DPI (p. 180)

National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers

Wisconsin Teaching Standards
(WI DPI) 3, 4, 7

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Our Students Say. . .


"The communication within this class was phenomenal. Dr. Crum really seemed to 'get it' when it came to dealing with issues and questions from all of us busy teachers.I never felt like I was doing "busy" work."
~ Kitzi Klinger

"The field testing we completed during the course helped me practice and better understand the strategies."
~ Jenny Dachel

"This is a beneficial course for any teacher. Great shared discussions among fellow classmates, professor guidance, appropriate practice and assignments, readings and research. "
~Sue Pickett

"As a professional-writer-turned-teacher, I took this course to learn more about teaching to read, and Dr. Mary Crum offered great suggestions and positive feedback to every student."
~David Lee Morgan, Jr.

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School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693



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