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What's the Deal With Coding? (Reading Grade Levels 4 - 8)

In this five-day class, students with 4th - 8th-grade reading comprehension skills will read, comprehend, discuss, and summarize topics related to what makes coding the skill of the future.
Dr. Harper, Ed.D.
353 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
$15 per class
Meets 5x per week
Over 1 week
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
1)	Students will read five articles on learning to code for the purpose of identifying reasons that support the notion that learning to code is an important skill for the future. 
2)	Students will take notes related to words to clarify, the main ideas of each section of each article, and the reasons that support the importance of learning to code.  
3)	Students will demonstrate reading comprehension by writing a complete summary of each article and answering reading comprehension questions for each article.
One-paragraph summaries and four reading comprehension questions will be assigned after sessions 1, 2, 3, and 4. 
Copies of each article and notetaking documents will be posted in the classroom prior to the start of each session of the class.
Students will self-evaluate based on their participation, written summaries, and answers to reading comprehension questions. 
4 hours 35 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Articles from Newsela will be the focus of reading in each of the sessions. The article titles are listed in the sources section and also in the description of activities for each of the five sessions of the class.  These articles are written at an upper elementary/middle school reading level. The instructional intent is to use these articles as tools for promoting reading comprehension using the high-interest topic of coding. A student copy of each article will be posted in the classroom prior to each session. Articles will also be posted digitally during each session. Each article contains content related to information about students learning coding skills. Although the topic of the class is computer coding, the instructional emphasis is on using effective reading strategies to promote individual reading comprehension. 
The following articles for this class were acquired from NEWSELA.
Article #1 Coding clubs give Texas 
students a head start on 
technology, life skills

Article #2  It took a while, but schools 
are starting to boot up 
computer coding

Article #3 Amazon's new program 
will teach future computer 
engineers to code

Article #4 Summer camp - and the coding is easy

Article #5 Game on: Inventor makes 
coding fun for kids


Dr. Harper, Ed.D.
Lives in the United States
Dr. Debra Harper, Ed.D.
353 total reviews
769 completed classes

About Me

Greetings OutSchool Parents and Students! 
I am Dr. Debra Harper. My specialty areas of teaching are English language arts, beginning, intermediate, and secondary reading skills, beginning, intermediate, and secondary writing instruction, reading... 
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