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Scaffolding Reading Instruction: A Discovery-Based Approach

Phonological awareness, spelling, and vocabulary comprehension are interconnected skills necessary for literacy. Through a discovery-based approach to literacy instruction using Socratic questioning to augment direct instruction, students can thoughtfully explore, learn, and store the elements of language. Ultimately, students learn how to methodically engage in their own language and literacy development. This course will include an overview of structured, discovery-based literacy programs, as well as customizable methods that can be applied to any content area or subject matter.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • identify students’ orthographic and morphological strengths and weaknesses
  • modify lesson plans or units to promote structured, discovery-based learning
  • employ assessments that isolate orthographic and morphological strengths and weaknesses and identify areas of growth and proficiency
  • enable active/expressive student participation in the learning process
  • interweave reading, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar instruction to cover a variety of skills and/or differentiate instruction as needed



Although appropriate for all grade-level educators, this course will be geared to the upper elementary, middle, and high school educator.

Course Information

36 hours/PDPs, 3 graduate credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 9-13, 2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Paul Howard

Paul Howard has served as the Assistant Early Literacy Department Head at Landmark High School since 2015. He is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) Program. Paul has taught english language arts classes and one-to-one early literacy tutorials at Landmark since 2007. He graduated from Gordon College with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. Paul holds a master’s in moderate special education from Simmons College and is a licensed special education teacher.

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