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Reading to Learn: Developing Strategic Reading Skills (4-12)

Why do excellent early readers often begin to struggle when they enter the middle grades? This online course focuses on helping teachers work with students on key reading skills. Teachers will learn how to develop active instructional strategies that facilitate student acquisition and development of reading skills in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is on vocabulary development and comprehension strategies. Teachers will also understand the importance of text structure as students move from reading primarily narrative text to much more expository text. Teachers will also learn how to create text-dependent questions to help students develop close reading skills. Assessment options for tracking reading skills and improvement will also be explored. Teachers will also learn how to establish guided reading groups. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Thank you! I really learned a lot. The resources were incredibly informative. Not only did I learn about various and specific strategies to improve reading comprehension and to promote reading to learn, I also learned a lot about vocabulary and the process of reading." - Jaime Maire


Enrollment Options

Register Course Registration Only $429

RegisterCourse Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $344


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters” by Kyleen Beers and Robert E. Probst

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 28AXX

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41452

Unit One

  • The Process of Reading
  • Introduction to Common Core State Standards
  • Word Attack Strategies
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection

Unit Two

  • Vocabulary Development
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Focus Strategy: DRTA
  • Assignment #2: Teach a DRTA lesson or write comprehension questions

Unit Three

  • Content Literacy: Strategies for Working with Text
  • Close Reading
  • Focus Strategy: Word Roots
  • Assignment #3: Design a close reading lesson

Unit Four

  • Encouraging Lifelong Reading
  • Helping All Students Read to Learn
  • Focus Strategy: Graphic Organizers
  • Assignment #4: Annotated literature list

Unit Five

  • Reading Aloud
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Issues with Fluency
  • Assignment #5: Create a word parts list

Unit Six

  • Text-Dependent Questions
  • Focus Strategy: Making Words
  • Comprehension Assessment
  • Assignment #6: Choose literature for your classroom
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)