Ch 1: GACE Middle Grades Reading: Literacy & Writing Development

About This Chapter

Review teaching strategies in the areas of literacy and writing development when you watch this chapter's video lessons. Use the videos to prepare for answering questions on the GACE Middle Grades Reading examination.

GACE Middle Grades Reading: Literacy and Writing Development - Chapter Summary

These online video lessons focus on reading curriculum and instruction. While absorbing this chapter's diverse topics on teaching methods, you can learn more about language acquisition processes. Brush up on cognitive development theories and further examine various aspects of educational psychology before you sit for the GACE Middle Grades Reading assessment. Utilize this chapter's online video lessons for help with:

  • Exploring the differences between curriculum and instruction
  • Describing behavioral, social, cognitive and developmental perspectives
  • Understanding Lev Vygotsky's cognitive development theory
  • Learning more about the zone of proximal development
  • Studying cognitive academic language proficiency along with strategies for acquiring language skills
  • Examining the role of the native language when learning a second language
  • Building a safe environment for learning
  • Learning about styles of differentiated instruction and accumulating tips for promoting literacy
  • Implementing scaffolding reading instruction strategies
  • Promoting good reading habits in young learners
  • Applying ideas from books to other situations
  • Developing techniques for questioning

You'll strengthen your knowledge of these topics and more as you watch handy instructor-led video lessons, all of which are about five to ten minutes in length. Study via a computer or mobile device as your schedule permits. Although animated and ideal for the visual learner, you can also print out worksheets and quiz results for even greater convenience. Each lesson is accompanied by a text transcript.

GACE Middle Grades Reading: Literacy and Writing Development Chapter Objectives

The GACE Middle Grades Reading examination is computer administered, and it's comprised of 80 selected-response questions. The time limit for this test is 2.5 hours, which includes tutorial-viewing time. The test sub-areas are Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, and Diversity and Literate Environment. A portion of the questions in the Diversity and Literate Environment area may address the topics that were covered during this chapter; this sub-area makes up 30% of the questions on this test.

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: GACE Middle Grades Reading: Literacy & Writing Development
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What is Curriculum & Instruction?

1. What is Curriculum & Instruction?

Learn about two guiding educational concepts that impact students everywhere. This lesson will explain what you need to know about curriculum and instruction.

Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

2. Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

How do different people learn? Not everyone agrees. In educational psychology, there are many differing perspectives. This lesson will differentiate between the following psychological perspectives: behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

3. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom

4. Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom

Psychologist Lev Vygotsky developed a theory of cognitive development which focused on the role of culture in the development of higher mental functions. Several concepts arose from that theory that are important to classroom learning. This lesson will focus on two concepts: zone of proximal development and scaffolding.

Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

5. Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

In this lesson, you'll learn about cognitive academic language proficiency, how it affects student learning, and what can be done to improve student outcomes. An example is provided and a short quiz follows.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

6. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

7. The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

In this lesson we explore the various schools of thought surrounding the use of native language in second-language education, ranging from using it often to not using it at all.

Creating a Safe Learning Environment

8. Creating a Safe Learning Environment

A safe learning environment requires physical, emotional, and intellectual security for students. Discover ways to create that space for students to think, grow, and learn.

Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students

9. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students

Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.

Promoting Literacy in the Classroom: Strategies & Tips

10. Promoting Literacy in the Classroom: Strategies & Tips

This lesson will help you explore various ways to promote literacy in your classroom that are both educational and fun for students. Learn a few strategies and tips to help your students read for pleasure and by choice.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

11. Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

Ever heard the phrase 'reading is the gateway to all learning'? Reading is one of the areas targeted by most states for assessment because it not only is a critical area in academics, but also an area where most students were not showing gains. This lesson will highlight strategies to help struggling readers develop skills to be successful in the classroom.

Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

12. Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

Ever finished reading and couldn't remember what you had just read? Many students experience this, too. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies to help your students develop healthy reading habits.

How to Apply Ideas from a Reading Selection to Other Situations

13. How to Apply Ideas from a Reading Selection to Other Situations

Applying what we learn from books to other situations in life helps us grow and improve. This lesson demonstrates how to apply ideas from a text to other situations and how to teach this important skill to readers.

Questioning Techniques in the Classroom

14. Questioning Techniques in the Classroom

This lesson will highlight various questioning techniques that can be used in the classroom to promote critical thinking. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

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