This course will examine the theory, research and instructional practices essential to literacy development K-6. Candidates will learn to integrate children's literature, writing and reading instruction into a total program of balanced early literacy instruction which is culturally sustaining and developmentally appropriate for K-6 students. Candidates will learn to use multiple models and approaches for assessing literacy learning and plan lessons that meet the needs of diverse learners. Field experiences required. Fall, 3 hours.