Introduction to Language, Literacy, and Reading


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Language, Literacy, and Reading
    B. Course Number: ED 223D - 10455
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Newman, Lynda
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129C
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2826
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);1:30:00 PM-02:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: Office times will vary due to teacher observations conducted off campus.
    If you would like to meet with me but are unable to during my regular office hours (above), I will be happy to schedule an appointment with you.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is designed to prepare early childhood professionals for promoting children’s emergent literacy and reading development. Through a developmental approach the course addresses ways in which early childhood professionals can foster young children’s oral language development, phonemic awareness, and literacy problem solving skills, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This course provides the foundation for early childhood professionals to become knowledgeable about literacy development in young children. Instructional approaches as well as theory-based and research-based strategies to support the emergent literacy and reading skills of native speakers and English language learners will be presented. This is a three credit hour course.


    This class will provide the student with an overview of how children's language and literacy develop. This course fulfills one of the requirements for the Early Childhood Education certificate for the state of NM and/or an Associate in Arts degree with emphasis in early childhood education at New Mexico Junior College. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student”¦s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution. It is not guaranteed. (Note: This course was previously titled ED223D - Introduction to Reading and Literacy. It is the same course.)



    1) Text:
    Literacy for the 21st Century - A Balanced Approach
    by Gail Tompkins
    7th edition
    Publisher: Pearson
    (The above ISBN is for the paper-bound version of the textbook. NO access code or online supplement is required. This paper-bound version is available in our NMJC bookstore.)

    2) Supplies, as needed, to complete individual projects--to be discussed in class

    3) At times you will be required to photograph activities you have created and then upload them into Canvas for submission with assignments. Photographing with your phone is acceptable.

    4) As part of the assignments for this course, you will work with a child between 5 years old and 7 years old to help build the child's literacy knowledge and skills.


    The ISBN# above includes an online supplement (REVEL), which is recommended. It contains many online tools (videos, self-quizzes, etc.) that students may find very helpful to their learning. However, a student may use just a traditional text without the supplements and still be able to complete the assignments and tests for the course.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Note:  The following information may be adjusted, as needed, at the discretion of the instructor.   







    Practice Tests

    (12) 10 points ea.


    (5 or more) Assignments = 25 - 100 points ea.

    (8 or more) Discussions = 20 points ea. - Online students

    Attendance/Participation Grade will be recorded for Face-to-face classes




    (6)  Tests (2 chapters per test)

    Those with an A average may be exempt from Final Exam

    Lowest grade dropped at end of semester



    1.   Grading Schedule:  Depending on the amount of detail in a written assignment, students can normally expect to have written assignments graded within one to two weeks.  Some assignments will be returned more quickly, especially if the information is needed for a subsequent assignment.  Exams are graded upon submission, so students will be able to see their scores and the questions missed immediately. 

    2.   Course Grades:  Students may view their grades and their current average in class through the Canvas Gradebook, which averages the scores as soon as each grade is posted.  The standard NMJC grading scale is utilized.  Final Grades can also be seen through the T-Bird Web-Portal on the NMJC webpage.

    3.   Canvas Messages (use Inbox) – Students can expect me to reply to Canvas messages within 24 hours, Monday – Friday (noon).


    Late work will only be considered under unusual circumstances, deemed unavoidable by the professor, such as an emergency. Students must contact me within ONE WEEK of a missed deadline in order to have a late assignment or make-up test considered. Late work is noted and will not be accepted on a recurring basis. 


    If you are having difficulty at any time during the semester, please contact me as soon as possible.  I will be happy to discuss possible solutions with you.  If you feel you may need to withdraw from the course, please discuss it with me, first.  A student who is unable to successfully complete the course must submit the proper paperwork to the Registrar”Ēs Office by the deadline, or is in jeopardy of receiving an F.  Please note that it is the student”Ēs responsibility to do so, not the instructor”Ēs.


    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Departmental student learning outcomes for this course are:

    ·         Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    ·         Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    ·         Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    ·         Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    ·         Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    ·         Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    This course will provide a foundation for understanding how children develop language and literacy. Through reading, discussion, creating activities and other learning experiences, students will learn techniques and strategies for promoting literacy skills--including beginning print awareness and concepts, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary building, word recognition, and comprehension.

    By the conclusion of the course, the student should have a foundational knowledge and developed abilities in the following areas (NM State Competencies for Early Childhood Education are listed among these course objectives):

    ·         Use child development theories in planning developmentally appropriate programs and environments

    ·         Develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum which focuses on children”Ēs developmental needs/interests and uses their language, home experiences, and cultural values

    ·         Develop, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning strategies which serve to integrate the content areas for meaningful learning

    ·         Provide and use anti-bias materials, literature, and experiences in all areas of the curriculum reflective of the children”Ēs culture and the community

    ·         Select and use materials that are stimulating to each child and suitable to individual learning styles, varying developmental levels, special needs, and language and cultures of New Mexico

    ·         Demonstrate knowledge of how children acquire and use verbal, non-verbal, and alternative means of communication

    ·         Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship among emotions, actions, and communication skills

    ·         Support young children”Ēs language development by selecting and implementing concrete learning experiences and opportunities for play

    ·         Use a variety of language strategies during adult-child interactions and facilitate dialogue between and among children to develop expressive language and thought

    ·         Respect and promote the use of the child”Ēs home language for learning

    ·         Demonstrate knowledge of language assessment procedures and instruments to determine the child”Ēs language strength

    ·         Identify and discuss ways in which programs and professionals can involve families in assessing children”Ēs developmental strengths and needs and in setting individual and program goals

    ·         Discuss assessment results with families in a clear, supportive way

    ·         Recognize cultural/linguistic influences on assessment practices and results

    ·         Recognize the questionable validity and potential negative impact of standardized assessment on young children and families

    ·         Support cultural and linguistic diversity through actions and attitudes

    ·         Describe ways to promote language growth and early literacy

    ·         Understand the important link between emergent writing and emergent reading

    ·         Support the interrelatedness of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills when planning a balanced literacy curriculum


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    How to get started:

    Students should log-in to Canvas the first day of class (see preceding section on Academic Calendar).  After logging in, click on YOUR COURSE in one of the colored course boxes in the middle of the page, rather than clicking on the Do List on the right.  After you have clicked on the colored box/your course, you”Ēll see the course title and my name in the middle of a gray box.  Under the course title, click To Get Started Click Here.  The week-by-week modules contain all assignments, tests, and information for you to read.  Click on the first link to get started!


    --Read chapter in textbook

    --Discussion Board with classmates

    --Practice Tests


    --Tests (two chapters per test)


    Outline/schedule for semester:

    The following is only a general outline.  The schedule will be adjusted to coincide with NMJC Academic Calendar and holidays.  The course modules in Canvas will be grouped by the weeks and include the accurate due dates and schedule. 

    Note:  The schedule below may be changed at the discretion of the professor, if needed, to best meet the needs of the students and the pace of the course.

    Week 1

    First assignments (Module Zero) to be completed in Canvas and submitted by Sunday.

    Learn, Teaching, & Educational Psychology

    Week 2

    Chapter 2: Teaching the Reading and Writing Processes

    Week 3

    Chapter 3: Assessing Literacy Development

    Week 4

    Chapter 4: The Youngest Readers and Writers

    Week 5

    Chapter 5: Cracking the Alphabetic Code

    Week 6

    Chapter 6: Developing Fluent Readers and Writers

    Week 7

    Chapter 7: Expanding Academic Vocabulary

    Week 8


    Week 9

    Chapter 8: Promoting Comprehension: Reader Factors

    Week 10

    Chapter 9: Promoting Comprehension: Text Factors

    Week 12


    Week 13

    Chapter 10: Organizing for Instruction

    Week 14

    Chapter 11: Differentiating for Success

    Week 15

    Chapter 12: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

    Week 16

    Classroom Assessment, Grading, & Standardized Assessment

    Week 17

    Final Exam (Online)

    Those with A average will be exempt from Final Exam

    Lowest test score dropped