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Grammar Reading Practicum

Wednesday, June 12, 1 – 9 pm

Join Laura Tucker and Daniel Coupland for this year’s reading practicum. Learn methods and strategies for teaching your students to read well and to delight in reading.


Part I

The first part of the practicum will focus on the “nuts and bolts” of a K-6 reading program. Instruction on the essential ten foundations of reading and explanation of the scope and sequence of reading skills to be applied to any program will be presented. This session will provide the principles and method of teaching phonics and the importance of including dictation. Participants will learn how to write long range, weekly, and daily reading plans incorporating the Seven Laws of Teaching, the classical method, a Christian worldview, and subject integration. Instruction will include how to plan and teach novels as well as write and ask age appropriate comprehension questions. Participants will learn how to construct written assignments to assess comprehension and create assessments to evaluate a student’s oral reading. Grading principles and practical applications will be demonstrated. Throughout the session, there will be group interaction and time to practice. (Laura Tucker)

Part II

The second part of the practicum will ask participants to consider some of the best works in children’s literature. This session will explore features that make these stories and poems stand out from the rest. More importantly, the session will explore the role that children’s literature—and its varied themes—can play in developing character of the young. This is not to suggest that the session will promote a simplistic, overly didactic approach to reading great stories. Rather, it will show participants how rich these seemingly simple stories are and how immersing young people in the worlds created in these texts will ultimately help children become more humane. This session will explore the various forms (rhymes, limericks, fables, fairy tales, myths, folk tales, legends, etc.) within classic children’s literature, and it will give practical insight—with examples—on how to teach these poems and stories. (Daniel Coupland)


Part I: Tucker-Reading Program “Nuts and Bolts” (1:00 to 4:00 pm)

Part II: Coupland-The Best of Children’s Literature (4:00 to 5:00 pm)

Break for Dinner (5:00 to 6:15 pm)

Part II: Coupland-The Best of Children’s Literature (6:30 to 9:00 pm)

Speaker Bios

Dr. Daniel B. Coupland is a Professor and Chairman of the Education Department and Dean of the Faculty at Hillsdale College. He earned a B.A. in Spanish from Liberty University, an M.A. in Linguistics from Oakland University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Michigan State University. He began his career in education as a high school teacher. At Hillsdale College, he teaches courses on English grammar and classic children’s literature. In 2013, Dr. Coupland was named Hillsdale College’s “Professor of the Year.” In 2016, he was a Resident Scholar at the C. S. Lewis Study Centre (The Kilns) in Oxford, UK. In 2017, Dr. Coupland received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence. His research focuses on classic children’s literature and English grammar instruction. He is a co-author of an English grammar curriculum titled Well-Ordered Language: The Curious Child’s Guide to Grammar (published by Classical Academic Press).

Laura Tucker is a founder and was the Director of Instruction at Rockbridge Academy, a classical and Christian school in Millersville, MD from 1995-2011. She has over 30 years of experience in education at the K-12 and college levels as a teacher, administrator, reading specialist, and an educational diagnostician. She holds an M.Ed. from Loyola University and a national certification for educational diagnosticians. She and her husband, Rob an ACCS national board member, have two adult sons who attended Rockbridge Academy.