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Literacy Instructional Support

  • Template 2021
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 02/09/2021 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 10/27/2022

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Examines materials and resources to support instruction of developing readers and writers. Candidates will be introduced to K-12 grade appropriate strategies, materials and interventions that are research based and selected for specific literacy needs.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.

Understanding Students

Candidates will understand how to choose appropriate strategies, materials, resources and interventions that best match the literacy needs of diverse students.

Serving the Community

Candidates will support students and teachers in exemplary instruction and learning in order to advance literacy in their community.

Finding Our Professional Selves

Candidates will develop a thorough understanding of best practicies in literacy instruction and selection of materials and resources. This knowledge can be shared with colleagues and peers to continue to develop exemplary literacy teachers.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Examine and evaluate literacy curricula components and select texts for a literacy program (ILA 2.1)
  2. Identify and implement evidence-based instructional approaches related to foundational literacy skills (ILA 2.2)
  3. Identify and evaluate developmentally appropriate materials, resources and interventions related to the Language Arts (ILA 2.4)
  4. Recognize student diversity and plan instructional practices with high expectations to support these students (ILA 4.2)
  5. Utilize knowledge of diversity in instructional planning, teaching and selecting texts and materials (ILA 4.3)
  6. Create plans that apply knowledge of differentiation to motivate and engage learners (ILA 5.1)
  7. Explain the process of professional reflection as a means to improve instruction and foster change (ILA 6.2)


Discussion Forums
Candidates will respond to discussion forums in each module.

  • Course outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Standards ILA 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 4.2, 5.1, 6.2

Activity Responses
Candidates will participate in and respond to small activities throughout course.

  • Course outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Standards ILA 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 4.2, 5.1, 6.2

Foundational Skills Strategy Toolkit
Candidates will collect and implement effective literacy strategies for foundational skills (concepts of print, phonological awareness, phonics, word identification, fluency, comprehension and critical thinking).

  • Course Outcome 2
  • Standard ILA 2.2

Diverse Student Lesson Plans
Candidates will research three lesson plans (three different grade bands) from the internet and enhance them by integrating diverse accommodations and motivational strategies to engage learners.

  • Course Outcome 4,5
  • Standards ILA 4.2, 5.1

Literacy Curriculum Component Review
Candidates will review specific literacy components including core and intervention curriculum

  • Course Outcomes 1,3
  • Standards ILA 2.1, 2.4

Institutional Policies

Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.

  • A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. Students are expected to follow all policies in the USF Catalog and Student Handbook, both of which can be found in the student portal.
  • Students are expected to be familiar with and follow the various procedures and guidelines regarding USF’s COVID-19 Response, including the USF Preparedness Plan and other materials incorporated in the Saints United resource hub (
  • Policies not covered in this document will be handled in accordance with the USF Catalog, Student Handbook, and Program Handbook as applicable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.

Technology Support

If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support:

  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. Canvas has a 24 hour support by clicking on ? Help while in Canvas. You can Chat with Canvas Support, Report a Problem, or call the Canvas Support Hotline. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu; select Report a Problem to send an email support request, select Chat with Canvas Support (Student) for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session, or to speak to someone directly use the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline (Student). NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.
  2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at
  3. You can phone the Technology Support Center for personal help at (815) 768-8324 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday or fill out a Technology Support Center ticket and select Canvas/Online courses as the component.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, you can also contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via: