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UW-Green Bay Education Outreach

0975C - Frameworks for Comprehensive Literacy (Grades 3-5)

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In partnership with CESA 7!

Course Description:

The course contains introductory information: research basis and definitions of comprehensive literacy, formal and informal assessment, essential components of a comprehensive literacy program in grades 3-5, and formats for working within those essential components. The comprehensive literacy model is organized around the following strands: read alouds, shared reading and writing, small group guided practice options (e.g. Guided Reading, Book Clubs), independent reading and writing, and word work/language. The emphasis is on how to use research-based instructional practices to teach literacy.

Course Objectives:

1. Develop an understanding of research-based practices and the gradual release of responsibility

2. Learn strategies to foster greater student engagement in authentic reading and writing experiences

3. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of reading and writing connections.

4. Use assessment to make informed teaching decisions.

5. Use a variety of contexts to improve student learning including shared, guided, independent reading and writing, collaborative group work, and word study.

6. Understand and apply the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in grades 3-5.

Required Readings: One core text and one companion text are required. Each participant is responsible for obtaining these required books independently, prior to the first class. Please refer to the course syllabus for information about the required readings. Before purchasing the required readings, please confirm with the CESA 7 office following the July 1st registration deadline, to be sure there is sufficient enrollment to proceed with running the course.


STEP 1 - Register with CESA 7 at There is a CESA 7 registration fee. CESA 7 registration fees are based on 2012-13 district/school membership. Contact Chris Larson at CESA 7 with questions or for more information - 920-617-5628 or

STEP 2 - If you would like to earn three graduate credits for this training, you must also register with UW-Green Bay. Scroll to the top or bottom of this screen, click, "Register Online" and continue to follow the prompts. Please note that the graduate credit tuition is in addition to the CESA 7 registration fee. Please remit the tuition payment for the graduate credit directly to UW-Green Bay. Thank you!

Note: The reduced tuition for this graduate course is made possible thanks to our partnership with CESA 7!

Comments from Participants:

“This course has helped me to be a better instructor in the language arts area. It gave me concrete ideas to use immediately!”

“I have learned so many new strategies that will keep readers engaged and will help improve their comprehension. The ideas I learned will also help improve student writing, spelling and vocabulary.”

“This course was both based on research and full of practical application!”

Three Graduate Credits ($610)
  • Course Number: ED & HUD 795-6, section 7409 (#0975C)

  • Prerequisite: Graduate Standing (Must have earned a bachelor’s degree); participants must also register with CESA 7 and pay the CESA 7 registration fee. Graduate credit is in addition to the CESA 7 registration fee.

  • Schedule: Monday through Thursday, August 6-9 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) at a location TBD; Thursday, October 4 and Friday, November 2nd, 2012 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) at the CESA 7 Office in Green Bay.

  • Teacher Standards # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9

  • Administrator Standards #: N/A

Location of Course: Same

Course Instructor(s): Linda Helf - Instructor Bio

Registration Deadline: 8/10/2012

Syllabus Link: Click here for PDF of course syllabus


To Register For This Course:

Click the Register Online link or contact Crystal in the UW-Green Bay Education Outreach Office at (920) 465-2480. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Or, please email your request to us at

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