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Content Comprehension: Helping Students Read & Understand

3 Credits
3 Credits

What is the Content Comprehension Course?

This content comprehension course helps teachers understand the struggling reader. The course offers practical strategies that help students succeed with reading in their content area classes. Teachers apply these strategies in the classroom with the reading material they are already using, helping students to understand, make connections and ultimately succeed within their content area classes. 

What Will You Learn?

With Fresno Pacific University professional development courses, you may implement what you learn in your course today into your classroom tomorrow!

This online, standards-based course focuses on a variety of strategies for content area teachers to help students read and understand their curriculum. Teachers learn practical, hands-on strategies for helping their students comprehend course textbooks. They also have the opportunity to design activities and create learning opportunities in their classroom, while delivering standards-based curriculum for their specific discipline

What Are the Assignments and Projects?

The reading comprehension course is divided into several learning modules:

  • Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?
  • Comprehensive and Connections
  • Building Comprehension with Modeling
  • Reading Widely with Text Sets
  • Reading and Writing with Journals
  • Reading and Assessment
  • Addressing the Standards

In addition, students participate in a welcome module and a course wrap-up module.

This course is strongly aligned with the standards established by the National Council of Teachers of English as well as the Common Core State Standards. The assignments are designed to help teachers implement the objectives of the standards in their own classrooms.

Who Should Enroll in the Content Comprehension Course?

This course is ideal for science, social science, and other content area teachers who work with ESL, ELL, special needs, and low reading level students. 

What Educators Who Took the Content Comprehension Course Are Saying

It gave me tools and practical methods to enhance reading comprehension in any content area. Thank you so much!”

– Educator, Virginia

“The teacher was very organized, provided quick feedback on assignments, and offered a textbook that had valuable information and content!”

– Educator, Pennsylvania

NOTE: Required books must be purchased separately.

This course is applicable towards the English Language Arts Teaching Certificate.

Tara Warmerdam

I am passionate about reading and writing, and this is central to my work as an educator. Whether I am discussing a book with a group of 12th grade seniors, teaching curriculum theory with teacher credential students, or assisting veteran teachers with implementing core standards and reading intervention strategies, my students are always the focus of my teaching. I value a positive, energetic, and creative learning space where professionals can work together to improve their practice and help their students become lifelong readers and writers! My goals for my online professional development courses are to provide relevant, timely, and engaging material that teachers can bring back into their classrooms. Learning is a lifelong journey for teachers and students - come learn with me and celebrate reading!