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Explicit Instruction in Elementary Reading

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PD Hours:

8 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

ELA, Reading/Writing, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(8 Hours) This course prepares you to implement the research-driven model of explicit instruction into your elementary reading classroom. In this course, you will learn how to utilize the explicit instruction model to select the correct reading behavior or skill for your student or groups, to build a plan aligned to student goals, and to implement the lesson into your classroom. You will also be provided with an assortment of tools and resources to help you seamlessly implement your new training.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify a target reading behavior or skill for a group of students

  • Structure an elementary reading lesson using the Explicit Instruction format and learn the components of each part of the lesson cycle

  • Choose an assessment method that aligns to your goals for your student groups

Resources Included

Course includes 23 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Includes One year of Course Access, Fully Self-Paced & Online.

Course Sections What You Will Learn

This course prepares you to implement the explicit instruction model into your elementary reading classroom. This research- backed method of teaching reading skills through a very targeted and specific gradual release method is a great strategy for your reading lesson design. Explicit instruction includes a modeling component, guided practice, independent practice, and a method of assessment. In this course you will learn how to select the correct reading behavior or skill for your student or groups, how to build a plan aligned to student goals, and how to implement the lesson into your classroom. You’ll interact with explicit instruction examples and learn how to implement a lesson plan into your own classroom. This is a valuable training for teachers of English Language Learners (ELL), students with learning disabilities, students that are struggling or are behind in grade-level reading content, as well as students in the general population. This online course provides a great overview of explicit instruction for new teachers and teachers not currently in the classroom. The training also includes additional resources for implementation as well as detailed strategies that even veteran teachers will find useful.

You Will Learn:

  • How to select student reading behaviors or skills for effective grouping
  • The explicit instruction definition and its practical use in elementary reading instruction
  • How to plan effective explicit instruction lessons
  • How to assess student progress after each lesson

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

How can I plan effective reading lessons targeted to specific skills and behaviors that incorporate modeling, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment?

Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 8 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

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This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Common Reading Behaviors

  • Receive an overview of reading assessments and the progression of basic reading skills, then analyze the common reading behaviors you can expect to see at each elementary grade level.

Section 2 – Defining Explicit Instruction

  • Learn the meaning of explicit instruction, how you can utilize this method to teach reading skills, and what explicit instruction lessons can look like in an elementary classroom.
  • Learn how to identify a reading behavior or skill you can teach in a future or current lesson and how to appropriately group students.

Section 3 – Modeling & Guided Practice

  • Learn how to model a new skill and then how to design activities to support students through guided practice.
  • Then, learn how to plan for what guided practice might look like in a lesson on your content area and grade level.

Section 4 – Independent Practice

  • Learn about activities you can create and methods for implementing them into the independent practice portion of your lesson.
  • Then, reflect on what independent practice might look like in a lesson on your content area and grade level.

Section 5 – Assessment

  • Analyze various assessments that can be utilized during and after explicit instruction to ensure instructional goals are met.
  • Then, reflect on how to select an appropriate assessment for a lesson of your content area and grade level.


Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 23 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • Common Reading Behaviors Checklist
  • Reading Skills Analysis Tables
  • Reading Skills Analysis Table (Completed Sample)
  • Kindergarten Explicit Instruction Plan (Completed Sample)
  • Fifth Grade Explicit Instruction Plan (Completed Sample)
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Modeling & Guided Practice
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Model Teaching Guided Practice
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Model Teaching Guided Practice (Completed Sample)
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Independent Practice
  • Explicit Instruction Plan-Independent Practice (completed Sample)
  • Assessment Choice Checklist (Completed Sample)
  • Fluency Tracker
  • Fluency Tracker (Completed Sample)
  • Academic Behavior Tracker
  • Academic Behavior Tracker (Completed Sample)
  • Progression of Skills Mastery Tracker
  • Progression of Skills Mastery Tracker (Completed Sample)
  • On/Off Task Behavior Tracker
  • On/Off Task Behavior Tracker (Completed Sample)
  • Implementation Observation Checklist
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Explicit Instruction Lesson Plan Template

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