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ED594H Science of Reading Book Study: Shifting the Balance K-2  

by Jan Burkins & Kari Yates


Sonequa Reeves, M.Ed 

Course Description: This class will focus on the book: Shifting the Balance and provide for opportunities to learn from current articles, podcasts and videos. This class will change the way you see your students as readers. Educators will walk away with concrete ways to make your reading instruction more effective.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Explore and become familiar with how your brain works to read. 
  • Explore and become familiar with shifts you can make in reading instruction to reach your students effectively.
  • Build background knowledge about effective instructional strategies for teaching reading to all students. 
  • Learned strategies to turn struggling readers into effective readers.

Learning Experiences: 

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of credit.

Materials Needed: 

  • Book:  Shifting the Balance K-2  by Burkins and Yates
    • Amazon: $29.99
    • Barnes & Noble: $43.34
  • Computer with internet access
  • Personal Gmail account:  Not affiliated with K-12 school district. Not affiliated with Higher learning institution outside of Notre Dame College 

Module 1

  • Social Emotional Check In 
  • Assignment #1: Personal Introduction
  • Assignment #2:  Read book introduction & article
  • Assignment #3:  Read Chapter 1 & article 
  • Assignment #4: Video, read article and complete Google Slide Assignment


Module 2

  • Social Emotional Check In 
  • Assignment #5: Phonemic Awareness & Read Chapter 2
  • Assignment #6: Read Chapter 3 & answer questions 
  • Assignment #7: Exploring Phonics Tools and Complete Google Slide Presentation
  • Assignment #8: Read Chapter 4, Watch video and complete a summary


Module 3

  • Social Emotional Check In 
  • Assignment #9: Heart Words: Watch Videos and complete a lesson plan (basic)
  • Assignment #10: Read Chapter 5 & answer questions 
  • Assignment #11: Read Chapter 6 & create a flier 


Module 4

  • Social Emotional Check In 
  • Assignment #12: Making it Work for your students: Journal entry 
  • Assignment #13: Summary of Shifting the Balance: final assignment


Module 5

  • Social Emotional Check In 
  • Course Evaluation 



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